Once Upon Our Time Capsule was created to elevate the voices of Chicago’s youth and to let them see themselves as the incredibly special generation of kids that they are – kids who were able to meet the changes and challenges of the pandemic and emerge stronger.
In 2021, Once Upon Our Time Capsule collaborated with 40 youth-serving organizations to engage thousands of kids, primarily ages 5-12, where Chicago’s kids live, learn and play, including schools, summer camps, hospitals, and homeless shelters. These youth captured their stories of living through a pandemic by creating Time Capsules.
The Time Capsules have now been placed with partner institutions, including the Chicago Children’s Theatre, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Library, and DuSable Museum of African American History. They will be re-opened by the next generation of elementary-age children in five years.