EmpowerYouth!: Igniting Creativity through the Arts is a groundbreaking partnership with the Chicago Urban League that immerses teenagers in the creation of an original performance.

In the 2022/23 Season, EmpowerYouth! returns to the original in-person format. From October through March, participants work with professional artistic staff and program facilitators in learning how principles of performance, theatre, music, and dance relate to their everyday lives. These young artists will engage in a youth-centered co-creation process to devise an original showcase that tells the story of their experiences as young, Black Chicagoans. Mari DeOleo returns this year as program facilitator with Mbali Guliwe, Tanji Harper, and Shawn Wallace serving as artist mentors.

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Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances Fund

Dr. Scholl Foundation

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Walter Family Foundation

The Richard P. & Susan Kiphart Family

Shure Charitable Trust

Eisen Family Foundation

Robert and Evelyn McCullen

Marsha Serlin and Jerry Sloan

Charles and M.R. Shapiro Foundation, Inc.

Terry J. Medhurst

Mazza Foundation

Buehler Family Foundation

Wintrust Community Banks

Helen Brach Foundation

The Siragusa Family Foundation

Polk Bros. Foundation

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

Raynette and Ned Boshell

John and Rosemary Brown Family Foundation

John Hart and Carol Prins

The Simon Family Foundation

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