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During this year’s Civic Season at CHM, the Museum will serve as a space to help Chicagoans connect with their community, build new skills, and provide a roadmap to future community participation so we may all be more informed and engaged citizens. Activities include hands-on arts and crafts with local teaching artists, facilitator-led exploration of Designing for Change, musical performances, and more family-friendly fun.

Included with admission, which is FREE for Illinois residents on this day!

12:00–2:00 p.m.
– 10 Questions for Civic Love
Inspired by the National Public Housing Museum’s 36 Questions for Civic Love, 10 Questions on Civic Love: Read and Respond, offers visitors the opportunity to respond to a roster of civics-themed questions and show support for responses from others.
– Button Making
Buttons are a stylish way to show your support for issues you care about! Busy Beaver Button Co. will show you how to design your own civics-focused buttons to wear home.

12:00–3:00 p.m.
Connect with Community Partners
-Explore the impact of urban segregation with the Folded Map Project
– Use design to Build Healthy Communities with Chicago Mobile Makers
– Learn how democracy is a verb with Mikva Challenge
– Register to vote with the League of Women Voters
– Explore civic action for a historic Chicago neighborhood with the Bronzeville-Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission
– Civic Superheroes at CHM: Go on a self-guided exploration of CHM’s galleries to locate and learn more about Chicago’s past civic superheroes. A digital geolocational map accompanies this activity. Pick up your guide at the Ticketing Desk!

12:30–1:00 p.m.
– Guided Exhibition Tour
Come along for a facilitator-led tour of our newest exhibition, Designing for Change: Chicago Protest Art of the 1960s-70s. Get a focused look at important Chicago examples of activist art in the exhibition.

12:30–1:30 p.m.
– Musical Performance
Enjoy a freedom song sing along with Lenny Marsh.

12:30–3:00 p.m.
– Printmaking with Purpose
Sit in on a printmaking session with teaching artist Jomo Cheatham and make your own to take home!

2:00–3:00 p.m.
– Chicago in Action – Civic Engagement 101
Join us for an interactive conversation with Norma Ramos and Joe Hoereth of the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement at the University of Illinois Chicago and learn some great fundamentals to becoming more actively engaged citizens!

Activity Type:

Social Activity, In Person, Indoor



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