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Essence Smith, one of the co-founders of SocialWorks, a nonprofit organization that empowers the youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement, and Austin Martin, the founder of Rhymes with Reason, a web app that teaches students academic vocabulary, literacy skill-building, and prepares them for SATs and ACTs using lyrics from their favorite songs and artists, spoke to Leon Rogers of WGCI.

The conversations started with the partnership between SocialWorks and Rhymes with Reason. The kick-off was the explanation of The Chicago Learning Playlist, a playlist of songs that uses the lyrics from Chicago-based artists. Artists like Chance The Rapper, Common, Saba, and Lupe Fiasco are in the playlist.

It then progressed into A Night At The Museum, a Christmas Festival-esque event that gives families and individuals an opportunity to have fun with different vendors and companies, hands-on interactions, live performances, special guests, giveaways, and so much more. The event also acts as a donation hub, where attendees can give anything from clothes to blankets to hygiene products for the homeless as a part of the Warmest Winter initiative.

To purchase your tickets for A Night At The Museum, which is $10 for a single and $30 for a 4-ticket family bundle, go to