September 1, 2021
Today at Apple Creative Studios spans Chicago and Washington, DC
Following the recent launches of Creative Studios in Los Angeles, Beijing, Bangkok and London, Today at Apple mentorship programming is aimed at young creatives in Washington and Chicago.
Next month, Today at Apple Creative Studios will bring its career development programming and creative resources to underrepresented communities in Chicago and Washington, DC. radio production, photography, application design, etc. Led in collaboration with community partners, local nonprofits and Apple, creative youth in Washington and Chicago will have access to mentorship, hands-on experience and industry know-how to deepen photography, illustration and writing.
Since the program launched in June, Today at Apple has brought creative studios to Los Angeles, Beijing, Bangkok and London, connecting 24 nonprofits and community partners with 80 artist teachers, mentors and industry experts. Apple works closely with nonprofit partners on multi-year plans to ensure that support continues in these communities and for these participants long after their Creative Studios programs have ended. In addition, people from around the world participated in online sessions with accomplished mentors of the program, including photographer Bethany Mollenkof; Ebro Darden, Apple Music’s global editorial manager for hip-hop and R&B; and iPhone photographer Eric Zhang.
“We’re excited to be able to connect young people from under-represented communities with artists and mentors to guide and inspire them in Washington and Chicago,” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president for Retail + People. “In every city where we’ve launched Today at Apple Creative Studios, our partnerships with amazing community organizations have enabled us to bring creative arts education to those who need it most, and we look forward to bringing Creative Studios in even more cities. “
Today at Apple Creative Studios – Chicago
Launched September 18 today at Apple Creative Studios – Chicago will work with the youth of Little Village to amplify the unique stories of emerging talent through photography and illustration. In collaboration with community partners Scope of Yollocalli Arts, Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy, and Chicago Architecture Biennale, Apple will offer free arts and culture programming for five weeks to aspiring artists and photographers, giving them the tools they need to embark on their creative journey.
Chicago-based photographers Mercedes Zapata and Sebastián Hidalgo will serve as mentors, guiding participants through a combination of portraits, journalistic assignments, photo walks and immersive design activities that will allow young people to capture their community.
“Yollocalli Arts Reach is the award-winning youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art, and it has provided creative development opportunities for young adults in Pilsen, Little Village and surrounding communities since 1997,” said Hananne Hanafi, Deputy Director from Scope of the Arts Yollocalli. “Our goal is to provide a safer space for our students to not only grow as artists, but also to become active members in their communities. We’re excited to be working on Today at Apple Creative Studios – Chicago, and can’t wait to see all of the amazing artwork from our attendees. “
Today at Apple Creative Studios – DC
Today at Apple Creative Studios – DC, aspiring authors and illustrators will have the opportunity to hone their creative and professional skills while developing the ability to tell their stories in their own words. The program, which officially begins on September 20, aims to diversify the landscape of children’s and children’s literature and is presented in collaboration with local non-profit associations. Shout Mouse Press – a writing workshop and a publishing house with the mission of amplifying marginalized voices – and students of the Latin American Youth Center. Through the Shout Mouse Press Paternity Program, LAYC students have written a collection of four bilingual children’s books. During the six weeks of programming, students will use these stories through illustration and audio production to reach new audiences and expand their storytelling capacity.
“Shout Mouse Press is dedicated to centering and amplifying the voices of marginalized youth,” said Kathy Crutcher, Founder and Executive Director of Shout Mouse Press. “The young people we support are under-represented – as characters and creators – in children’s literature, and their perspectives are often ignored. Apple shares our commitment to providing a platform for diverse voices, and we’re proud to partner with them to help young writers tell their own stories.
Attendees will hone their unique narratives over six weeks of skill-based sessions led by Apple, and will also learn from established writers, multimedia artists, and illustrators, including Zara González Hoang, the founders of “La Horchata Zine. “and the co-hosts of” La Valentina Podcast “. The program will end with a celebration of the release of student books, which will be available as e-books on Apple Books, as well as in print.
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