We are proud to begin the fourth year of our partnership with the Chicago Urban League. EmpowerYouth! focuses on engaging approximately 30 Black youth in telling personal stories through the performing arts. Participants will meet weekly and virtually with program staff, and will engage in conversations with Black multi-disciplinary artists. The program will culminate in a recorded Zoom performance screened at the end of May. EmpowerYouth! begins October 14.
This season’s program will consist of members of the 2019/20 ensemble building on principles of performance, art, and life skills. Similar to previous years, the final performance will be fully assembled by the participants, with guidance from the professional artistic staff. Kristiana Rae Colon is returning as EmpowerYouth!'s librettist and Lyric welcomes Shawn Wallace to the program as this year’s composer. Jacob Watson returns as program facilitator with Tanji Harper, Osiris Khepera and Emorja Roberson serving as artist mentors.