EmpowerYouth! 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’s South and West side communities the students meet weekly after school to collaborate with professional artists, including composer Damien Sneed, librettist Patricia Smith, and director Jess McLeod 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.
Stay tuned for information about tickets for the upcoming EmpowerYouth! performance at the Lyric Opera House on May 31, 2018!


Centene Charitable Foundation is providing leadership support for EmpowerYouth! Igniting Creativity through the Arts.