Barrel of Monkeys Celebrating the power of children's imaginations since 1997

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What is Barrel of Monkeys?

A Barrel of Monkeys teacher with child authors in a classroom
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Barrel of Monkeys teaches creative writing workshops to students aged 7-13 in Chicago Public Schools and in our after-school program at Loyola Park.

Barrel of Monkeys actors in a public performance
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Barrel of Monkeys actors and musicians adapt student-written stories into sketches and songs, which are performed for the schools and later for the public.

Smiling kids in the audience at Celebration of Authors
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The students are celebrated and their voices are championed throughout Chicago.

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