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Inferno’s Immersion: Friday Aug 16, 5-8pm at Ping Tom

You’re invited to our annual summer gathering!

At ping tom park this summer, our teaching artists (Johanna Brock, Rob Frye, Ben Lamar Gay, Sara Goodman, Jason Roebke, and Selah Say) will host/present:

-open sessions and workshops

-a therapeutic drone

-sound and video work made in the parks, with and by youth and community

Finally, our doc:team (Nia Blessing-Armstrong, Aminah Muhammad, and Tayvia Ridgeway mentored by Selah Say) is screening their digital stories made in collaboration with Tonika Johnson’s Belonging project.

Think art, sound, video, stories, food and good vibes — always free and all are welcome!

Located on the pagoda side (19th St & S Wells St entrance), walk across the tracks into the park).

⬐⬐⬐Summer Participants! Find your track or your video below⬎⬎⬎

Try out a recipe from Sound Collaborations HERE!

SPRING 2019 projects:

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Teen Media Creator

series with AJ McClenon

This April and May, the teens at Columbus Park in the Austin community are making music and a video project with teaching artist, AJ McClenon. Stay tuned for community event soon!

Novation Circuit workshop with Jayve Montgomery

Thurs Mar 28, 2019 at Taylor Park Fieldhouse

photo by Ed Bornstein




other highlights below


Sound Re:Creation


•artists featured: John Alfaro, Johanna Brock, Nicholas Cline, Rob Frye, Ben Lamar Gay, Jayve Montgomery, Tayvia Ridgeway, Tkumah Sadeek, Selah Say, Hameed Weaver

•videography/production/editing: Christine Varisse,, IG: @varisse_ ↑

•still photography: Junipero Media, IG: @juniperoproductions ↓

•chalkboard illustration: Danielle Knight,, IG: @daniknightdraws

•senior program specialist: Sean Heaney

**In Spring, we also collaborated on the Instrument Petting Zoo at Humboldt Park library, and hosted Presage Dinners 1, 2, and 3 at three different parks across Chicago!

summer 2018 Inferno Artists:

About Inferno:


we are the Chicago Park District's mobile sound and Media arts program, and we create community-relevant and participant-centered digital media with people all around Chicago. For six weeks over the summer, our artists work with young people in the Chicago Park District's day camps, teens, and special recreation groups to create and record digital media. Through creative writing and digital music making, participants explore collaboration and document their own ideas to share at home and with the world. In addition to Inferno's work during the summer, we continue to facilitate a wide variety of musical, visual and documentary projects and events year-round.


Originally conceived by a group of teens at Marquette Park, and named the Inferno Mobile Recording Studio, we provide youth and community with the tools to create self-authored digital media experiences. Inferno travels citywide providing a safe, positive, collaborative environment to imagine, experiment, and play with digital media. In addition to its ongoing partnerships with the TRACE (teens) and YCS (12-14 year olds) programs, we offer participants of all ages and abilities the opportunities and training to produce original, aware sound and image creations relevant to their communities and their lives.

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Participants are encouraged to be active producers of digital content rather than passive consumers through active listening, creative experimentation, collaboration, and discussion. Comprised of mostly self-taught instructors, Inferno promotes self-education as an empowering, lifelong and life-changing skill that all people can utilize.



In addition to programming, we document creative events, programs, and artists that thrive in our parks. Park Portraits, our ongoing public story archive, captures park staff and park patrons’ experiences in dance, theater, music, visual arts, and media across Chicago’s parks and Cultural Centers.

Listen: SoundCloud

Watch: YouTube


Check out some of our annual highlight reels below:

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INFERNO 2017 ⬏


summary of what we're about and Inferno's 2016 city-wide collaborations

2015 ⤴

a brief intro to Inferno and the creative projects that young people did with us in Chicago's parks


Highlights from the summer, when IMRS visited 13 parks and collaboratively made songs and videos with Day Campers from all over Chicago.


The Inferno Mobile Recording Studio teamed up with summer day-campers in nine parks throughout Chicago to create songs and movies about issues relevant to their lives. They took a field trip to the Gene Siskel Film Center at the end of the summer to view their creations on the big screen.