Chicago, IL: Chicago-based organization, Nerdy Media, will host a screening and reception on October 7th to launch the second season of #SafeandPeacefulChi, a web series created by Nerdy’s young media producers (aka The Collective). The event will be held from 5:45pm to 8pm at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in Hyde Park, 915 E. 60th Street.
The event is free and open to the public and is made possible with support from the Partnership Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities. This coalition of more than 30 Chicago funders and foundations awarded grants to 121 community based organizations who developed activities designed to build community cohesion and promote safety and peace in 17 Chicago neighborhoods.
Nerdy Media was among five local youth media organizations selected to document the work of the grant recipients resulting in #SafeandPeacefulChi, a thoughtful web series illustrating the impact of community engagement. The screening further promotes the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities’ mission to strengthen programs and lay the foundation for a meaningful reduction in gun violence.
Much more than a web series, this project enables Nerdy Media’s Collective to further develop advanced technical and soft skills through project management, video production, and event planning.
In 2017, Nerdy Media hosted a screening to launch the first season of #SafeandPeacefulChi, inviting organizations and local community members to celebrate the program and the young creatives who benefit from it.
This year’s event will also feature a performance by local youth jazz musicians Jeremiah Collier and the Young Lions, and highlight summer community programming from Polished Pebbles, The Black Star Project, Youth for Black Lives Chicago, Chicago Torture Justice Center, and Jackson Park Yacht Club. The screening will conclude with a youth-led discussion exploring what happens when Chicagoans work together for safe and peaceful communities.
Nerdy Media is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that designs job readiness programming that empowers Chicago’s disconnected youth with the know-how to not only take advantage of opportunity, but create it for themselves.