Give A Sh*t Chicago

Creative Change

In 2018, Chicago Votes helped design the Midwest Culture Lab along with the Alliance for Youth Organizing, Ohio Student Action and We The People Michigan. This projects vision was simple, youth aren’t voting and we wanted to find creative ways to change that. In 2014, Illinois youth voted at 14.2% of the eligible population.

During the design phase of this project, our research confirmed that messaging of “Go Vote” is part of the problem. Young people find it hollow and transactional. Rather, we must listen to youth and engage them in a bigger narrative — an authentic story that reflects their realities, reinforces their agency, speaks across racial lines and builds a shared vision of a future. co-created by this generation. Sure, voting is a piece, but it’s part of a larger puzzle. And if voter messaging is off, so too are the messengers and the medium. We must engage young people with stories that uplift their voices and through cultural influencers and channels they choose to interact with every day. The Midwest Culture Lab connects creative storytellers with grassroots organizers to carry a unified narrative that inspires youth to vote in the short term and, in the long term, become powerful agents of transformational change.

Here at home, Chicago Votes has integrated a creative network, the “Give A Sh*t Collective” to operate as a hub for creatives to rethink how we engage young Chicagoans in the political process. The Collective is made up of a diverse set of young creatives in Chicago, including fashion designers, musicians, artists, poets, videographers and more. This collective works in collaboration with Chicago Votes’ organizers to inspire young people in Chicago to vote and become powerful agents of transformational change by developing a unified narrative and distributing that narrative in a way that is engaging, fun and authentic.

 

 

 

Creative
Change

In 2018, Chicago Votes helped design the Midwest Culture Lab along with the Alliance for Youth Organizing, Ohio Student Action and We The People Michigan. This projects vision was simple, youth aren’t voting and we wanted to find creative ways to change that. In 2014, Illinois youth voted at 14.2% of the eligible population.

During the design phase of this project, our research confirmed that messaging of “Go Vote” is part of the problem. Young people find it hollow and transactional. Rather, we must listen to youth and engage them in a bigger narrative — an authentic story that reflects their realities, reinforces their agency, speaks across racial lines and builds a shared vision of a future. co-created by this generation. Sure, voting is a piece, but it’s part of a larger puzzle. And if voter messaging is off, so too are the messengers and the medium. We must engage young people with stories that uplift their voices and through cultural influencers and channels they choose to interact with every day. The Midwest Culture Lab connects creative storytellers with grassroots organizers to carry a unified narrative that inspires youth to vote in the short term and, in the long term, become powerful agents of transformational change.

Here at home, Chicago Votes has integrated a creative network, the “Give A Sh*t Collective” to operate as a hub for creatives to rethink how we engage young Chicagoans in the political process. The Collective is made up of a diverse set of young creatives in Chicago, including fashion designers, musicians, artists, poets, videographers and more. This collective works in collaboration with Chicago Votes’ organizers to inspire young people in Chicago to vote and become powerful agents of transformational change by developing a unified narrative and distributing that narrative in a way that is engaging, fun and authentic.

 

 

 

The perfect blend of culture and politics.

The Give A Sh*t program works to inspire young people in Chicago to vote and become powerful agents of transformational change by developing a unified narrative and distributing that narrative in a way that is engaging, fun and authentic.

Give A Sh*t Collective

Chicago Votes has integrated a creative network, the “Give A Sh*t Collective” to operate as a hub for creatives to rethink how we engage young Chicagoans in the political process. The Collective is made up of a diverse set of young creatives in Chicago, including fashion designers, musicians, artists, poets, videographers and more.

Artist Spotlight

Chicago Votes has worked with some amazing artists and creatives. Check out some of their work by clicking the link below!

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Give A Sh*t Happy Hours

Read about our Give A Sh*t Happy Hour program and pencil us in!