Today at Apple Creative Studios hits Chicago and Washington, DC

Today at Apple Creative Studios hits Chicago and Washington, D.C.


Today at Apple Creative Studios Chicago
Starting September 18.
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Today at Apple Creative Studios will expand its reach to Chicago and Washington, D.C., Apple said Wednesday.

The sessions will provide students with access to mentorship and hands-on experience in things like illustration, writing and photography. They will be led in collaboration with community partners and local nonprofits.

Today at Apple Creative Studios launched this summer in a number of major cities around the world, including Beijing, Bangkok, London and Los Angeles. Since then, they’ve linked 24 nonprofits and community partners with 80 teaching artists, mentors and industry experts, Apple said.

Cupertino is now expanding the program to Chicago and Washington, D.C., to give a greater number of students the opportunity to take part.

Apple expands Creative Studios

In Chicago, Creative Studios kicks off September 18 and will focus on illustration and photography. It will provide free arts and cultural programming across five weeks, in collaboration with Yollocalli Arts Reach, Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy, and more.

Local photographers Mercedes Zapata and Sebastián Hidalgo will serve as mentors, Apple said in a press release. They’ll be on hand to guide students through things like portraiture, journalistic assignments and immersive design activities.

In Washington, D.C., Creative Studios begins September 20 and will focus on illustration and writing. Apple is working with Shout Mouse Press and students from the Latin American Youth Center to provide four bilingual children’s books. Session attendees will learn illustration and audio production skills to help them “expand their capacity for storytelling” and reach new audiences, Apple said.

More cities on the way

“We’re so excited to be able to connect young people from underrepresented communities with artists and mentors to guide and inspire them in Washington and Chicago,” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple SVP of Retail + People. “In each city where we’ve launched Today at Apple Creative Studios, our partnerships with incredible community organizations have enabled us to bring creative arts education to those who need it most, and we look forward to bringing Creative Studios to even more cities.”

Apple did not say when Creative Studios will expand again, or which cities will get it next.