On Tuesday at the headquarters of the Yollocalli Arts Reach program in
Behind the city's name waved its familiar four-star flag, and Aguilar was planning to add in the logos of Chicago sports teams. His miniature mural will eventually appear in an online gallery, and Aguilar wanted to show what he loves about Chicago to counter the city's reputation for crime.
"Shootings, killings," the 15-year-old explained. "It's true and all, but not everybody's part of that."
Yollocalli Arts Reach, run by the
The money goes into the Hive Chicago Learning Network, a three-year-old umbrella network based at DePaul University (the MacArthur Foundation is a major funder) that helps youth programs collaborate on curriculum material in an effort to expand out-of-school learning opportunities.
The idea behind the network is to sneak lessons on critical thinking, civic engagement and digital literacy into kid-friendly activities like Yollocalli’s “History and Techniques of Graffiti.” A few weeks ago Aguilar’s class of about 15 young graffiti artists participated in a discussion about violence prevention and social issues with outreach workers, including one from the anti-violence group
Also involved in the anti-violence curriculum: