It’s the Most Wonderful Hastag of the Year!

“We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.” - #GivingTuesday

Celebrate Giving Tuesday with us by making a donation!

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Please call our office with any questions: 773-506-7140.

WE DID IT! Thank you to everyone who donated yesterday for #GivingTuesday and for everyone who continues to give to Barrel of Monkeys to support the imaginations of children!

On December 2, 21 donors gave and pledged a total of $2,445, exceeding our goal of $2,000!

The global celebration of this new giving tradition has inspired some of our most inspiring and informative duo to present to you every single wonderful reason you should give to Barrel of Monkeys.

What you are about to see are two characters that originated from a student-written story by Stephaun B. of the Loyola Park After-School Program entitled “Grannies Lean Like a Cholo”.

Why support Barrel of Monkeys through a donation today? For your viewing pleasure, we present Sonya and Joanya in…

Giving Grannies

Thank you in advance for supporting the imaginations of children through a donation this #GivingTuesday, December 2!

Barrel of Monkeys has a goal to raise $2,000 on this single day, and #ILGiveBig is aiming to see nonprofits state wide raise $12 million.

By making a donation, you will be helping to ensure that Barrel of Monkeys will be able to continue its important work in the Chicago schools most in need of arts and creative writing instruction. You will also be helping Barrel of Monkeys to grow its programming by expanding our in-school curriculum to achieve deeper impact on students and schools and sharing the voices of children with wider audiences through additional public performances.

All amounts donated under the program are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.  As always, thank you for your support!

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From the beginning, Barrel of Monkeys has consistently worked to bring creative writing education to Chicago’s most underserved children and to give an artistic voice to the next generation of authors and performers. Barrel of Monkeys’ writing workshops began as a small after-school program for less than a dozen kids, but we started growing our programs immediately due to the demand for high quality in-school and after-school programming. Since our founding, Barrel of Monkeys has taught creative writing workshops to over 9,000 students, and 50,000 students have seen their friends’ stories performed by our talented actors in one of our in-school performances. For the last 13 years our public shows, including the critically-acclaimed “That’s Weird Grandma,” have delighted audiences around Chicago and beyond.

“You made writing so much fun. You sure have encouraged me to bring out my feelings. I did not hate any of it. Thank you for everything.”

–Cynthia, 4th Grade, Lee School