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Why We Ask & Who We Ask - Pop Up Library Grassroots Research Workshop #1

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Hyde Park Art Center

5020 South Cornell Avenue

Chicago, IL 60615

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In this 45 minute workshop, participants will discuss the role of libraries and other institutional keepers of knowledge and explore simple approaches to transferring that authority to their own communities by challenging and adding to the record. We will generate questions about Chicago, neighborhoods, schools, or whatever line of local inquiry participants choose, and work together to compile potential sources. Participants can either take their questions with them to do their own research, or leave their questions in the Q & A card exchange for others to check out and research.

See the other workshops in this series:

Grassroots Research Workshop #2: What We Found

Grassroots Research Workshop #3: Making the Record


What's a Pop Up Library?

Read/Write Library creates Pop Up Libraries in partnership with other organizations and exhibits throughout Chicago to offer a local, first-person perspective through historical and contemporary publications by other Chicagoans. This library is rewritable, and encourages visitors to add their own stories or ones they've found in their neighborhood through grassroots research.

What Age is this Appropriate For?

These grassroots research workshops are intended to cross generations, but are most appropriate for teens and adults. We strongly encourage parents with younger children (or even teens) to participate in the workshops together.

Can I Participate in More than One Workshop?

Absolutely! Why We Ask & Who We Ask - Pop Up Library Grassroots Research Workshop #1 repeats every first Saturday of the month during the run of the Public School exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center. You can attend as many of these workshops as you want, each one will cover different subject matter and you will have an opportunity to gain perspective from a variety of participants.

About Public School @ Hyde Park Art Center

For 'Public School' Jim Duignan, of the Stockyard Institute, works collaboratively with artist and educator Rachel Harper, of Seen + Heard to create a imagination-inducing installation of curious objects - including a fort, a stage, a tower, a piano, and a decommissioned school bus - to construct a new playground for all ages. At a moment when the Public Education System struggles to exist, Chicago artists ask: where is learning actually happening in this city and who gets to determine what we should know?

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