Saturday, January 31, 2015

East St. Louis Charter School Students visit Chess & Hip Hop Exhibit

SIUE/East St. Louis Charter High School students at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis

On January 30, we took a group of 20 students from the SIUE/East St. Louis Charter High School to the exhibit "Living Like Kings: The Unexpected Collision of Chess and Hip Hop Culture" at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis.

We introduced the students in our after-school GRIT program last semester, and given their interest in the game, my colleagues professors Victoria Scott and Danice Brown made arrangements to visit the exhibit. Colin Neumeyer, an English teacher at the school, and SIUE undergraduates Victoria Mizel and Levi Molenhour, both of whom are student-teaching at the charter school this semester, were also actively involved in organizing the trip.

The exhibit includes a 27-minute video about the intersections of hip hop and chess, graffiti art, visual images related to rap culture and music in general. Our students enjoyed the exhibit, as well as playing each other in chess, as game sets were available for use in some of the display areas.

Photos from our visit.

students play a game of chess at the exhibit

students study album covers

Victoria Mizel discusses chess with student

Colin Neumeyer discusses chess app with Danice Brown

student observes images of chess hall of fame inductees

Notebook on the GRIT program

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