Queen Zee’s Poetic Adventures: Launch Party Recap
It was a rainy, blustery night, but teachers, students, and friends of the Chicago Poetry Center braved the storm to celebrate the launch of Queen Zee’s Poetic Adventures, CPC’s new education program. We stayed warm and toasty as we took photo booth pictures, and caught up over dinner and drinks.
While we screened the first episode of Queen Zee, guests of all ages followed along with the poetry lesson, using a student worksheet to brainstorm ideas for a poem and writing a brand new poem by the episode’s end. Inspired by Queen Zee’s encouragement to read poetry aloud, guests shared their poems about imaginary worlds.
After the screening, we honored the people who helped bring Queen Zee to life, including the Ralla Klepak Foundation for Education in the Performing Arts. Finally, we announced the two raffle winners for a Pop Up Assembly and an educator’s book bundle. The night ended with more celebration, laughter, and, of course, photo booth fun.
To learn more about Queen Zee’s Poetic Adventures or to access the free episodes, visit the program’s webpage.
Coming Soon: CPC’s New Poetry Residency Curriculum for Primary Grades
The Chicago Poetry Center is thrilled to announce the Innovation 80 Early Readers Pilot. CPC will develop and launch a 10-session curriculum for pre-readers that maintains our pedagogical approach and adapts aspects of the existing curriculum in developmentally appropriate ways. This work will expand the reach of our residency programs to first grade as well as provide key supports to our Poets in Residence working with students experiencing literacy challenges in second and third grades.
This program is supported by a partnership with Innovation 80, a foundation that encourages and funds innovative programs that use the arts to engage and support underserved populations in Chicago. Innovation 80 acts as a catalyst to foster arts-based programs that build life skills including self-confidence, creativity, teamwork and persistence.
Programming Made Possible with Support by our Partners: