Thoughts on Parenthood

Thoughts on Parenthood is an interactive arts project examining the unique experience of parenthood. With the help of activist and photographer Tonika Johnson we will connect with communities across the city of Chicago, gathering personal stories of parents – their greatest wishes, biggest needs, and proudest moments. Selected stories will be featured on Lyric's website starting in May. 

How does it work?

Participating in the project is easy!

Parents are invited to take a SHORT SURVEY capturing stories about their experiences.

We’ll select 15–20 respondents to be interviewed and featured on Lyric's website. 

ANYONE can stop by the Lyric Opera of Chicago website May – June 2020 to view selected profiles of parents from across the city.


Take the survey! 

¡Toma la encuesta!


What does "parent" mean?

For the purposes of this survey, a “parent” is defined as anyone who has taken legal and/or social responsibility for a child. The goal of this project is to include as many unique stories of parenthood as possible. So, if you consider yourself to be a “parent,” please feel free to participate!

Examples of parents include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Biological parents
  • Adoptive parents
  • Step-parents
  • Foster parents
  • Caregivers (grandparents, aunts/uncles, family friends, etc.)
  • Parents who conceived through alternative means (surrogacy, IVF, IUI, etc.)
  • Parents whose children are adults
  • Estranged parents or parents separated from their children

Our partners

Thank you to our community partners involved in helping us build this exciting project: 

Are you a community organization interested in getting involved with us on Thoughts on Parenthood? Fill out this form, and someone from Lyric will contact you directly. 

c. Karli Cadel/Glimmerglass Festival