34 Chicago Groups Form Hive Network To Engage Kids In Innovative Learning; New Funding Supports Expansion

34 Chicago Groups Form Hive Network To Engage Kids In Innovative Learning; New
                          Funding Supports Expansion

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Nov. 29, 2012

CHICAGO, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an innovative partnership
to help Chicago youth develop the skills and creative confidence needed to
thrive in our digital economy, 34 local organizations are participating in the
Chicago Hive Learning Network. This creative collaboration is set to expand
as a result of $2.2 million in new support announced today by the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in partnership with the Burberry Foundation,
which also adds its digital expertise. The new funding will enable the Hive
to develop additional learning opportunities for Chicago teens in libraries,
museums, schools, and arts venues in neighborhoods across the city.

Organizations in the Hive work to engage youth in learning that is based on
their interests and helps them develop necessary 21st century skills. The
ability to think creatively is now established as one of the most critical
skills a young person can have in order to thrive in the workplace and society
today and in the future. Yet, despite growing consensus around the need to
cultivate the next generation of creative thinkers, formal education systems
have been insufficiently focused on this challenge. Increasingly, critical
learning will take place both in and out of school, and will draw more
directly on relevant and exciting content and experiences that harness the
best of what digital tools, design thinking, and real world mentors have to
offer.

Grants of $1.7 million and $500,000 from the MacArthur and Burberry
foundations respectively are managed by a special fund created for Hive
activities at The Chicago Community Trust.

Examples of current and future Hive Learning Network initiatives include –

  oNow is the Time, an initiative of the Chicago Public Library, Facing
    History and Ourselves, and Steppenwolf Theater will bring young people
    together for conversations, readings, theatre pieces, and exhibits focused
    on ending misunderstanding and violence.
  oThe YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Free Spirit Media, Art Institute of
    Chicago, Yollocalli, Digital Youth Network, and YOUmedia at the Chicago
    Public Library are collaborating to establish a committee of youth
    leaders, "Hive ambassadors," to integrate youth voice and leadership into
    all Hive activities, culminating in a Hive Chicago youth summit.
  oDevelopment of the next generation of Burberry Create, a signature program
    of the Burberry Foundation that draws on the company's culture of
    creativity, design and innovation to offer relevant and exciting learning
    opportunities.
  oLed by Northwestern University, FUSE will engage youth in science,
    technology, engineering, and math through hands-on exploratory challenges.

"To be successful today and in the workforce of the future, young people must
be prepared to learn continually, collaborate to solve ever-changing problems,
and quickly understand huge amounts of information," said MacArthur President
Robert Gallucci. "The Chicago Hive Learning Network is intended to
demonstrate the value and support the full spectrum of learning experiences in
a young person's life, from the classroom to museums, libraries, and online
communities."

"As we open our flagship store on Michigan Avenue, we are delighted to
announce this partnership with MacArthur and our continued commitment to
investing in programs that build the creative confidence the next generation
needs to flourish," said Angela Ahrendts, Burberry Chief Executive Officer and
Burberry Foundation Trustee. "As a global brand that prides itself on
exhibiting creativity in every aspect of its business, the Burberry Foundation
is dedicated to investing in the creative development of young people in
Chicago and around the world."

Christopher Bailey, Burberry Chief Creative Officer and Burberry Foundation
Trustee, said, "The core skills that allow design, creativity, and digital
expression to flourish at Burberry are the very skills young people need to
succeed personally and professionally. The Burberry Foundation is committed to
help inspire and equip the next generation of creative thinkers to navigate
the world they are inheriting, and this partnership is a perfect example of
that."

About the Hive
The Hive concept was launched in New York City in 2007 as a project of the
Social Science Research Council, with support from MacArthur's digital media
and learning initiative. The New York Hive is hosted by the Mozilla
Foundation. The Chicago Hive Learning Network began to take shape in 2009 and
is hosted by DePaul University. Other Hive locations are in development. More
information is at www.hivechicago.org.

About the MacArthur Foundation
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and
effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and
peaceful world. Since 2004, MacArthur has invested more than $100 million in
research, design, and practice to better understand how digital media are
changing the way young people learn, play, socialize and participate in civic
life, and what that means for learning and the institutions that support it.
More information is at www.macfound.org

About the Burberry Foundation
Since 2008, the Burberry Foundation has directly and indirectly inspired well
over 50,000 young people globally via investments in 20 innovative youth
charities on four continents, as well as via Burberry Create, a signature
program of the Burberry Foundation which seeks to use the power of Burberry,
including its assets and its people, to give greater expression and form to
the critical importance of creative thinking in business, life and youth
development. More information is at www.burberryfoundation.org.

Chicago Hive Learning Network – Participating Organizations

Adler Planetarium
Agape Werks
Art Institute of Chicago
Burberry Foundation
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Chicago Community Trust
Chicago History Museum
Chicago Public Library (YOUmedia)
Chicago Public Schools
ChicagoQuest
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Common Sense Media
Digital Youth Network
Facing History and Ourselves
Field Museum of Natural History
Free Spirit Media
Game Changer Chicago/The University of Chicago
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Lincoln Park Zoo
Little Black Pearl
McCormick Foundation
Museum of Science and Industry
Northwestern University (Office of STEM Education Partnerships)
Project Exploration
Radio Arte
Shedd Aquarium
Steppenwolf Theater Company
Street Level Youth
Uncommon Classrooms
Urban Libraries Council
YMCA of the USA
Y-Metro Chicago
Yollocalli Arts Reach (National Museum of Mexican Art)
Youth Muse

SOURCE MacArthur Foundation

Website: http://www.macfound.org/
Contact: MacArthur Foundation: Andy Solomon, +1-312-917-0313,
asolomon@macfound.org; Burberry Foundation: Lauren Nadig, +1-214-254-3790,
BurberryUS@brunswickgroup.com
 
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