After-school program to be led by SHoP’s Shaeffer

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul
Assistant to the Editor

Community arts center South Side Hub of Production (SHoP) co-founder Laura Shaeffer is organizing Afterschool SHoP Camp, a six-week program for children grades K through 12 beginning Sept. 30 at Quaker House, 5615 S. Woodlawn Ave.

The “camp” — an acronym, according to Shaeffer for cooking and creativity, arts and activism, movement and meditation and play and performance — will take place for several hours every weekday at 2:45 p.m. There is space for up to 20 students, according to Shaeffer, who said children can drop in for an afternoon for $20 or attend the entire program to the tune of $300.

Intended primarily for children ages 4 to 12, the program will allow participants access to a kitchen and backyard.

Shaeffer called the program “holistic,” adding that the pedagogy of 19th century German educator Friedrich Froebel will serve as a major influence. Froebel was the mastermind behind kindergarten, a word he coined in 1840.

Shaeffer will instruct children in printmaking, drawing and painting and Jerry Marciniak, an University of Chicago Laboratory School’s Summer Lab program, will teach origami and meditation.

Both will teach weaving and sewing. The program will also feature lessons in cooking, yoga and acting as well as guest art teachers affiliated with SHoP.

Shaeffer said she was drawn by Marciniak’s “genius” in origami while teaching a three-week camp with him over the summer: “I was just blown away.”

For more information, contact Shaeffer by calling 773-710-5464 or sending an e-mail to