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 2021/22 Season, EmpowerYouth! continues virtually. Similar to previous years, participants work with professional artistic staff and program facilitators in learning how principles of performance, the written word, music, and dance can translate to their everyday lives. Their work over four months will culminate in the creation of an original showcase that tells the story of their experiences as young, Black Chicagoans. The showcase will include the elements of opera (singing, dancing, acting), as well as poetry and rap. Mari DeOleo joins as program facilitator with Tanji Harper, Vic Wynter and Shawn Wallace serving as artist mentors.

Lyric Unlimited - Learning & Creative Engagement Sponsors

The Beaubien Family

The Grainger Foundation

Robert and Evelyn McCullen

Charles and M.R. Shapiro Foundation, Inc.

Rose L. Shure and Sidney N. Shure

Wintrust Community Banks

Anonymous Donor

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