Learn & engage

Igniting creativity across Chicago

Through innovative learning opportunities, community partnerships, and artistic creation and collaboration, Lyric engages students, educators, families, arts aficionados, and Chicagoans of all backgrounds—elevating the power of opera as a tool for discovery and a catalyst for change.

We provide a range of programs designed to stimulate curiosity, explore new formats, and make connections between opera and every day life. New commissions and contemporary works speak to Chicago audiences with bold themes and relevant stories.

We champion stories that deserve to be heard. 

Lyric Unlimited - Learning & Creative Engagement

Lyric Unlimited - Learning & Creative Engagement

Established in 2012, Lyric Unlimited - Learning & Creative Engagement is Lyric's department dedicated to education and community initatives that's positioned to connect the city through collaborative programming.

On average, approximately 100,000 people experience programming  each season, including:

  • Individuals from 157 towns, cities, and villages across Chicago and the Midwest
  • Over 35,000 students annually from 463 schools, with approximately one-third representing Chicago Public Schools
  • Collaborating with 54 community partner organizations
  • To date, presenting 56 operas, concerts, and special events throughout the community
  • Presenting work at more than 25 venues around the Chicagoland area

Learning & Creative Engagement 2020|21 programs

Learning & Creative Engagement 2020|21 programs

While some of our programs dedicated to Learning and Creative Engagement are suspended this fall due to the ongoing health crisis, many will continue this season. We have revamped continuing programs to the virtual space, while maintaining program goals, relationships with our schools and community partners, and while meeting the needs of our participants and audience members. 

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

Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Jaclyn Simpson