Welcome to Chrisanthy Stotis, our new teen blogger! Here is her response to the issue facing today's teen in her application.
is a common experience, or ritual if you may, that has invaded my
weekends; A little thing that I like to refer to as "texting hangouts". A
texting hangout happens when teens are physically spending time with
other teens but only are focusing on their phones. I personally have
experienced situations where I am in a room with a friend for over an
hour but only a few sentences are exchanged because we both are
completely engaged in our cell phones. Of course it sounds ridiculous, but I am certain that a good number of teens today engage in texting hangouts, unfortunately, myself included." -- Chrisanthy Stotis, Teen Blogger, 17
Feel free to check out her own blog at http://chrisanthys.blogspot.com/!
Hello everyone! Hope ya'll have a great summer/fall.
Since the summer has left us months ago, I've been quite busy juggling school, ASM programs, an AP class, and on top of that, I'm now a member of the Teen Council at AIC. *insert deep breath here*
Sleep? What's that?
Moving on...I'm here to inform you about the long lost forgotten art of darkroom photography.
In the old days (how I remember them fondly), when disposable cameras were the hippest thing to carry around with you in first grade, film was not a very uncommon thing. However, inn our new age with digital cameras and technology, it has been forgotten.
The truth is, darkroom photography gives you the opportunity you never get with digital cameras. A chance to make it your own. NOT the property of that cool new digital camera with the automatic aperture.
The development of film rolls and the photo itself is a very long, and tiring at times, process. But take my word for it, when you see the print itself at the end...it's worth the wait.
Plus, there are TONS of cool effects that you can do on your prints...double exposures and more galore.
This was my first print I took at the program: http://www.flickr.com/photos/asmdarkroom/8168066978/in/photostream/
I can't download it on this computer, but clickity clack on that link, yes? Tell me what you think.
Take that, Instagram*.
It's a really, REALLY fun experience. I've been in the program for almost a month now...we meet three times a week. Chicago kids, try joining us sometime.
As an ASM program, you earn a reward at the end of the program term. C'mon...who doesn't like money as a reward for your hard work?
*Instagram: I have nothing against this wonderful app. I actually use it on my iPod as well. I just get easily irritated by the fact that people claim themselves to be photographers when all they really do is just use some filters on the most lifeless photograph.
Your fingers touch the smooth white keys hesitantly. You can
almost hear them breathing as they sleep. You press Middle C gently,
hearing the note ring out through the haunting room. You hear the keys
rustle as they wake up from their slumber. You feel their anticipation
to be played. You lift your left hand, and drop your fingers on the
keys, producing a thundering clash of notes. You close your eyes,
hearing the notes weave into your hand.
You lift your hand. Silence pinches your ears harshly. The clashing chord is still buzzing in your ears.
The notes are slipping back into sleep. You shift your fingers
onto another chord and they press intently, not wanting to dance in
silence. Your right hand finds its way to the chord's sweetheart: the
melody. It's slow and warm. Your steady breathing turns deep and sleepy.
The notes taste like strawberries and cream. The keys are silk to your
touch and you know you are not you anymore.
You are the music.
You feel yourself emerging through the snow white and jet black
keys. You feel yourself changing from person to sound, your emotions
converting into vibrations swimming through the air. But you know it's
more than vibrations. It's so much more. It is everything and anything
morphed into an ambrosia of the ear. You feel your heart racing, your
person flying. You experience things you would never even dreamed of
through the simplicity of these eighty-eight keys. You're transported
into other worlds through this innocent instrument.
Some thrive on complexity. Some need intricately woven designs
in order to keep their sanity. You, don't. You need the simple contrast
of your music.
They say you need three things: food, water, shelter. You
consider this as your fingers fly across the smooth blocks. You look at
the keys. You see them in your sleep, you see them in your books. You
always see the keys, wherever you go. But even more, you see the music.
And you know all you need is your piano. All you need is your music.
are looking for teens who are interested in joining us to build a youth-driven
virtual museum right here!
Blogger will be our core driving force to make our space to reflect teens’
experiences of our time. We want to make our blog as to-go place of other
people, teens or adults, to learn about teen culture from your own
does it work?
write or report about a specific topic once a month with a commitment of at least 4 months. You get to decide your own topic each month and get published on our blog.
can be Teen Blogger?
Beginning in October 2012, we welcome applications from individuals who are between the age of 13 and 21. Teens from out of Chicago, or the United States are welcome to
apply!Have a passion for CTM’s mission. Enjoy writing and sharing ideas. Have
an interest in building a community of teens through the learning of innovative
museum-making. Teen Blogger must be able to commit for at least 4
months, which can be renewed afterward.
can I get for being Teen Blogger?
service credit. Publishing and exhibiting opportunities. Meeting friends who
share your passion in teen culture and museum. Being part of a unique,
supportive, and creative community, and a lot more!