ArtSeed is an expansion on KidsMobile, a mobile creative play program engaging culture, nature, and art with youth and families across Chicago. ArtSeed engages over 2,000 young people (ages 3-12) across 35 parks evenly distributed across Chicago’s North, West, and South Sides for two hour bi-weekly pop-up art-making sessions. Youth participate in storytelling, music, movement, and nature play rooted in neighborhood stories. Children explore the histories and legacies of Chicago's community-based artists and imagine creative solutions to challenges in their own neighborhoods.
In 2019 ArtSeed will collaborate with Chicago-based artist Tonika Johnson on an initiative entitled Belonging. This collaboration between the ArtSeed, YCS, Inferno, and TRACE programs will engage 3,500 youth across 80 Chicago parks to explore questions around belonging, acceptance, and interconnection. Youth will work in partnership with teaching artist to interrogate their parks and neighborhoods and critically reflect on boundaries and barriers as well as the places of welcoming and sanctuary within our hyper-segregated city.