Welcome to the Empirical Opera!

One aspect of a “healthy & sustainable life” is being aware of your environment, connecting with communities and involving yourself in the world. Activity leads to awareness.

This blog is the communications and documentation nexus for a community of individuals in Chicago interested in exploring our city and utilizing its resources as a learning laboratory.

For insight into our mission, consider:

Empirical:: guided by experience or experiment / dependent on observation

Opera:: an extended dramatic composition

We see the great wonder and drama of life as unfolding for those who get out and get active with a seeking, observing and volunteering perspective. Want to know more? Get involved? Join Us!

Learn about E.O.’s activities and get periodic updates about field trips you can be involved in! Sign up and be a zombie biker, pirate paddler or fairy explorer (these opportunities explained as you learn about our events) as you investigate and promote Green Events in Chicago’s social, cultural and political life.

To get more information, join our group, and receive announcements about upcoming events, send inquiries to artworksdesign@ameritech.net
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The Empirical Opera was started in the Fall of 2009 as an extension of the field-based learning and discovery curriculum models that I had developed over the preceding 5 years. Exploration and Service Learning are extremely active and engaging ways to apply the inquisitive searching mind to the varied resources, communities and events that make up Chicago’s cultural, political and historical identity.

The field trips organized by the Empirical Opera are all generated from the group’s membership, and reflect our individual interests and personal expertise. In this way we share and learn from each other by participating in experiences in the city of Chicago that explore and promote our rich and diverse social fabric.

– Jason Greenberg
founding maestro : Empirical Opera

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2 Responses to “About The Empirical Opera”

  1. Andrea Lee Says:

    Hi Jason,
    What a wonderful thing! We are hoping to make it this Thursday to ice skate. Alexander is very excited. He has mastered shuffling on the ice.
    I hope you are having a good – long – relaxing weekend.

    Andrea (Alexander Hanson’s mom)


    1. Hi Andrea!

      It has been exciting seeing many of the younger kids take ownership of their body skills and balance as they transition from shuffling (& falling) to “getting the hang of it” and then to carooming around chasing after their friends. I’ve seen this happen with a number of the kids over the course of a single skate session or two.

      So glad you could make it to skating; we’ll see you there again soon!

      -Jason

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