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You're Invited: All Aboard the Creativity Bus!

Dear GAGDC Neighbor:


The Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange (CCRx)* and T.H.U.G Hippie* invite you to get aboard The CREATIVITY BUS!


The CREATIVITY BUS is a big old school bus that is colorfully painted and offers a 3 hour program combining physical and artistic activities for all ages.  

The physical components are: 

  • Rhythm & Confidence Jump and Jam.  T.H.U.G Hippie's signature community building program is a facilitated Double Dutch Workshop teaching you everything from the history and songs to, of course, how to jump. 

  • Community Drum Circle Jam a gently guided opportunity for community connection and another chance to exercise some rhythm & confidence.


With your body up and moving, the artistic components will engage your artistic soul with a Creative Reuse Project(s): 

  • Peace Bracelets   Design and bead 2 bracelets -- one for yourself and one to give.  Choose from a variety of beads and each bracelet will include a "Peace" bead.

  • Shape Robots  Easy to assemble with pipe cleaners, corrugated plastic and stickers.

  • Frankentoys   Make the toy of your dreams from an eclectic mix of deconstructed toy pieces that would love a new spark of life when you combine them into a Frankentoy!

  • Spirit Animal Masks   Is your Spirit Animal a cat, a dog, a bird or another creature all together?   Pick the mask of your spirit animal and give it some soul with beads, glitter, fabric, paint, feathers + more…

  • Make Your Own Instrument  A rainstick, a drum, a shaker or kazoo, even guitar and become a rock star with your own instrument to bring to the Community Drum Jam


Thanks to the  generosity of the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities, a limited number of CREATIVITY BUS visits are offered FREE, at no cost to your neighborhood organization, block club or other event on Chicago’s South and West side, between July and September. Once we reach the maximum available free spots, the Creativity Bus is available for $500 per visit.


Fill in an Interest Form and we’ll be in touch to work out the details.  Free spots are limited, so sign up soon!

Questions?  Contact      We look forward to creating with you!



Barbara K. and E'a 


*T.H.U.G. Hippie is a mobile Arts & Culture Community Center housed in a retrofitted school bus designed for community building and healing through SEL based Arts & Wellness programs created by Ea the Wholistic Artist to show you … The Healing U Give (T.H.U.G.)


*CCRx redistributes donated materials, supplies + equipment to Chicago teachers, nonprofits, arts + community groups from their warehouse in Auburn Gresham.  We believe that "Trash is just a failure of imagination!" and we spark creativity and environmental stewardship through arts based programs and collaborations.  Book an appointment to visit our warehouse at 82nd and Hoyne.

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