Learning Initiatives at the Chicago Architecture Biennial provide free, educational programming to learners of all ages as a way to promote active exploration of the built environment and empower audiences to see architecture and design as tools for change.
CAB's youth programming aims to: Facilitate meaningful and ongoing engagements with students, schools, community organizations, universities, museums, and other cultural institutions; Encourage connections between learners’ lived experiences and CAB content; Reach students from populations historically underrepresented in architecture, and; Provide opportunities for co-learning across generations and disciplines.
Youth Studios are offered together with youth-serving community organizations across Chicago. Youth Studios bring high school students together with design professionals to actively explore architecture and design in relation to questions or topics facing them and their communities with the goals of exposing young people to architecture and design; promoting civic engagement; and supporting college and career readiness.
CAB and partner Family Programs engage families with children ages 5-10 in hands-on activities that introduce architecture and design themes through age appropriate content.
Visit our programs page for details about upcoming youth and family programming.
Curriculum resources including classroom activities and lesson plans aligned with curriculum standards will be available on the CAB website this fall. Resources and curriculum toolkits are designed to help educators introduce themes that encourage youth to understand how architecture and design connect with their lived experiences. Teacher trainings hosted by CAB will provide teachers with the opportunity to connect their curricula to global and local concepts of architecture and design.
Virtual Field Trips
Between September and December, CAB will offer free, virtual “field trips” that will engage elementary and high school students in active exploration and conversation around topics explored through The Available City as well as architecture and design more generally. Virtual classroom visits may be scheduled beginning this summer through our website.
The Student Ideas Competition at the Chicago Architecture Biennial encourages middle and high school students to share their ideas for how design can play a role in creating shared spaces and shaping communities. The 6th Student Ideas Competition will launch in Fall 2021.
Visit our competition page to learn more and to see past winning projects.
CAB’s first ever Youth Council will engage youth voices in shaping both our organization and the larger cultural and architecture and design landscapes of the city while providing personal and professional mentorship to teens.
Request for Proposals
CAB is pleased to invite our partners to propose programming for youth audiences aligned with The Available City. Through a request for proposals, CAB will provide support to a limited number of partners offering Family Programs and Youth Studios in 2021. Family Programs engage families with children ages 5-10 in hands-on activities that introduce architecture and design themes through age appropriate content. Youth Studios provide an opportunity for high school-age students to work closely with adult mentors as they actively explore locally-relevant and timely issues through the lens of architecture and design. Complete details including timeline, funding, and submission information can be found in the Request for Proposals linked below.
View the Request for Proposals
All proposals due by July 2, 2021
Are you an organization or school or a family member or teacher looking for ways to engage your students in conversations about how they can play a role in shaping our cities and world through architecture and design?
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