Sep 22nd 2018
YAS Fest! – the youth arts showcase – will be the largest celebration of young artists in Chicago history, featuring the works of hundreds of creative youth showcased in dozens of events throughout the Millennium Park Campus.
- Hip-hop star Desiigner headlining the mainstage Jay Pritzker Pavilion, with opener Ravyn, a graduate of Chicago High School for the Arts and host DJ Mike P.
- Chicago Park District’s Teens In the Park presents its annual concert featuring audition winners from across Chicago to perform at the T.I.P. Fest stage on the South Promenade.
- Dozens of performances from youth groups across the city including mainstage Jay Pritzker Pavilion acts from Little Kids Rock, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, and the renowned Hiplet Ballerinas along with students from Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center.
- A diverse classical concert featuring the Chicago Children’s Choir and Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, broadcast live from Jay Pritzker Pavilion for WFMT’s Introductions program.
- An interactive multimedia lounge including the Chicago Youth Voices Network and Chicago Public Library’s YOUmediawith a live pop-up youth radio show, maker stations, DJ lessons, green screen filming, large-scale youth photography displays and photo ops. Presented in Millennium Park’s North Promenade.
- A YAS! Stage with youth performances at Wrigley Square, plus family friendly and hands-on activities across the Millennium Park Campus, including live artmaking, demonstrations and more.
- Year of Creative Youth exhibitions on display at the Chicago Cultural Center featuring youth artwork presented by Changing Worlds, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance and Puerto Rican Arts Alliance.
- The Art Institute of Chicago will be showcasing live arts and youth activities throughout the museum including a PROjectUS fashion show, Young Chicago Authors’ Louder Than A Bomb Squad spoken word performance and more.
|Lead sponsor of the Year of Creative Youth is Allstate Insurance Company. Additional grant support is provided by The Chicago Community Trust and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.|