Special Project: Chicago Speaks, Chicago Listens

When I began researching the kinds of programs the Civic Orchestra of Chicago engages in, I noticed that most of them focused on taking people and ideas from Symphony Center and bringing them out into other communities. Civic often collaborates with other individuals and organizations, but it generally does so in their communities. There is…

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Chicago Public Schools Connect with the CSOA through a Season-Long Partnership

Now in its fourth season, CSO-Connect is a partnership program between the CSO and Chicago Public Schools that functions as a professional development program for CPS teachers from arts and non-arts classrooms. The program focuses on building leadership skills in the area of arts integration. While participating in multiple workshops, teachers analyze their school’s data…

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Cold snaps Civic concert, but provides silver lining

It takes extreme weather for things to be cancelled in the Midwest. Growing up in Texas, I would get snow days if there were a little ice on the ground. In Chicago, people trudge through snow, wind, and cold throughout the winter to get to work and school, scoffing at the states that cannot handle…

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