Igniting Creativity through the Arts

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

Drawn primarily from Chicago‚Äôs South and West side communities, students meet weekly after school to collaborate with professional artists, including composer Paris Ray Dozier, librettist Derek McPhatter, acting coach and director Tony Santiago, and returning music supervisor Kedrick Armstrong on the creation of an original opera that tells their stories as young people in Chicago. EmpowerYouth! participants work to develop skills in areas such as singing, acting, dance, and visual arts in collaboration with a roster of local artists and mentors.

This year's production We Got Next! will take place on May 17th at 7pm at Truman CollegeWe Got Next is a high-energy, urban, day-in-the-life musical devised by a multi-talented youth ensemble. A group of young artists struggle to follow their dreams through challenges with friends, family and everyday life. Tickets go on sale to the public on May 6th. 

Sponsors

THE BEAUBIEN FAMILY
LAUTER McDOUGAL CHARITABLE FUND
ERIC AND DEB HIRSCHFIELD
DAN J. EPTEIN, JUDY GUITELMAN AND THE DAN J. FAMILY FOUNDATION
EISEN FAMILY FOUNDATION
ESTATE OF PIETTETE E. SAUVAT