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Shine On, Chicago! is a mobile production classroom designed to teach teens the basics of video production, while creating awareness of the careers available in the television and film industry.

Throughout the year, we offer half-day, 1, 2, and 3-day production & post-production workshops, plus 1-week and 2-week after school and summer boot camp classes. Check out our list of Summer Production Workshops below.

Our programs teach everything from operating HD cameras and lighting for green screen to how to edit a digital story in Final Cut Pro X. Classes sizes are small and very hands-on, with plenty of one-on-one instruction in both video and photography.
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Upcoming CPL Summer Production Series

This summer we're partnering with The Chicago Public Library to offer a CPL Summer Production Series. These Hands-on, 1 1/2 hr. Photo & Video Production Workshops for teens will be happening at CPL branches around the city.

Depending on the Workshop that's being offered, Teens will learn the basics of camera operations, video editing or photography in these hands-on, 1 1/2-hour Workshops. Enroll today on the CPL Summer Production Series webpage - branches, dates and times below:

Tuesday, June 28, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Video Resume Production Workshop @ West Belmont Branch
Thursday, June 30, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Video Resume Editing Workshop @ West Belmont Branch
Thursday, July 7, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
DSLR Camera Operations @ North Austin Branch
Friday, July 8, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Simple Good Neighborhood Photo Safari @ North Austin Branch
Saturday July 2, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. 
DSLR Camera Operations @ Lozano Branch
Monday, July 11, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Pro Video Camera Operations @ West Englewood Branch
Tuesday, July 12, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Video Editing with FCPX @ West Englewood Branch
Wednesday, July 13, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Green Screen Videos/Photos @ Archer Heights Branch
Thursday, July 14, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Simple Good Neighborhood Photo Safari @ Coleman Branch
Friday, July 15, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Small Action Video Camera Operations @ Greater Grand Crossing Branch
Tuesday, July 19, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Pro Video Camera Operations @ South Chicago Branch
Wednesday, July 20 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Video Editing with FCPX @ South Chicago Branch
Friday, July 29, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Video Editing with FCP X @ Greater Grand Crossing Branch
Saturday, July 30, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Working with Green Screens/Special Effects @ Thurgood Marshall Branch
Thursday, August 4, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Conducting a Video Interview @ Toman Branch
Saturday, August 13, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Simple Good Neighborhood Photo Safari @ Humboldt Park Branch
Monday, August 15, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Working With Small Action Video Cams @ Kelly Branch 
Wednesday, August 17, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Simple Good Neighborhood Photo Safari @ Richard M. Daley Branch
Thursday, August 18, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Simple Good Neighborhood Photo Safari @ Coleman Branch
Monday, August 22, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Working With Green Screen @ Kelly Branch 

All Production Workshops are Free & Open to the Public!

NAEA National Conference Photo Safari – Teacher Approved!

Shine On, Chicago had the pleasure of taking a group of NAEA Conference Attendees on a Chicago Photo Safari on March, 17th. Art teachers from around the country enjoyed a beautiful afternoon in Chicago aboard the Shine On, Chicago! Coach with visits to the lakefront, Billy Goat Tavern for lunch, as well as The Lincoln Conservatory and The Butterfly Room at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. In the Post Safari Survey, teachers said they loved the Coach!
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Summer Opportunity with CPS & The Simple Good!

Shine On Chicago is proud to be a part of a summer production program with the CPS and the Office of College and Career Success and the non-profit, The Simple Good. Here are the details:
Up to 15 CPS Juniors and Seniors -- who are part of the Digital Pathways in photography and video production -- will work for 6 weeks this summer with Shine On, Chicago and The Simple Good to create the premiere episode for a new TV series called, "The Simple Good".
This show will be created by teens, for teens. We're in discussions with local Chicago TV stations and potential sponsors now, so that the show will be aired this fall. So stay tuned for more details as they become available!

The Simple Good Show -- Help Us Reach Our Goal

Here's The Simple Good Show Open for the Promo

We're now CCOL Badge Approved!

A big thanks to Tene Gray with CCOL Digital Youth Network for supervising the 3 Badging training sessions we attended this spring. Shine On Chicago will be using Digital Badges to reward teens in our upcoming summer and fall programs. Teens can earn these digital badges by learning production skills and gaining career knowledge through our workshop and classes and which include: Video Production, Video Editing, Photography, and Crew Disposition Badges for attending production events.
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Chicago is a diverse city with an abundance of different communities. This program affords Chicago teens the opportunity to explore some of those neighborhoods and document their observations of what they consider to be the “Simple Good”. we can help promote positivity to teens, we can begin to counteract the violence and negativity. We believe that The Simple Good Show, will give teens an opportunity to focus on the inherent goodness that is part of every Chicago neighborhood and everyone.

This summer's amazing opportunity for teens to help create a broadcast show, can only happen with your help! Please check out Crowd Fund video below:
HIVE Chicago
Shine On, Chicago! is proud Affiliate Member of HIVE Chicago – helping create unique video/photo programs for the teens of Chicago.
NAEA Member
Shine On, Chicago! is a member of National Arts Education Association, and is helping bring creativity and the arts to teens throughout Chicago.
Chicago City of Learning
Shine On, Chicago! is working with CCOL to provide digital badges to teens who participate in connected learning programs in video production.
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