THE LIGHT YOUTH 2021 - 2022
The Light is the debut of our youth education program, focused on outstanding youth artists and change-makers of exceptional message, skill and craft who are eager to be immersed in a deep artistic and scholarly mentorship as part of a year-long, paid creation and performance mentorship program.
Thursday, August 19 at 6 pm (CST) Douglass Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. Chicago, IL 60623
Friday, August 20 at 5 pm (CST)
LaFollette Park, 1333 N. Laramie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651
Saturday, August 21 at 5 pm (CST)
Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72nd St.
Chicago, IL 60621
Stay tuned for upcoming events!
PARTIALLY SUPPORTED BY
ENSEMBLE CLASS OF 2021 - 2022
“This is the most healing form of activism that I have seen in my life. This is the future. This is all of our future. This is the future of Chicago's talent."
– GQ of The Q Brothers
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Requirements: Must be age 21 or under to submit
Submission Deadline: May 20, 2022, at 11:59 pm (CST)
Selection Process: Artists will be selected and notified by June 25, 2022.
2022 Performances: August 2022
Illuminating Exceptional Chicago Youth Artivists
Collaboraction' youth program is currently taking submission for both Youth Art-Activist
PERFORMERS AND PRODUCTION DESIGN/TECH
For the second year of this innovative program that cultivates youth artist-activists, Collaboraction will select a diverse group of 5 youth artists-activists who create and perform their original material, as well, as a cohort of Chicago youth interested in developing their skills and experience with live production tech and light, sound, video, costumes, and scenic design.
The Light Performance Ensemble will be paired with a professional artistic mentor and the youth will develop an original solo performance of 7 minutes or less that showcases their artistic vision and activist voice. These pieces will tour Hamilton Park (Englewood), Douglass Park (Lawndale), and Lafollette Park (Austin) as a part of the Chicago Park District’s Nights Out in the Parks in late August.
The program starts July 2022 and the Light Production Design/Tech Team will be taught the basics of production and design and work as apprentices on the Chicago Park District’s Nights Out in the Parks in late August.
The Light Performance Ensemble and Production/Design Team will also have access to performance and training opportunities throughout the year.
This program is partially supported by a grant
from the Illinois Arts Council Agency
All youth will be paid $18/hr for all rehearsal, performance and production time.
Beyond this scheduled tour, the Light performance artists will each make a video of their performance and be booked for additional public performances, appearances, collaborations, and activations throughout the year. Here is the link to the videos from the 2021 Light Ensemble
We are interested in a diverse pool of artists that reflect the whole make-up of Chicago. Each performance will conclude with a Crucial Conversation around the themes of the performances. Each show is supported by an entire production team and artist stipends in line with our Equitable Pay For All Policy.
For performers, we are open to numerous performance styles, including:
• Spoken Word
For Production/Design, we are open to all levels of experience and areas of interest.
TO APPLY: FILL OUT THE SUBMISSION FORM AND SUBMIT A VIDEO SAMPLE AND TELL US ABOUT THE MESSAGE YOU SEEK TO PUT OUT INTO THE WORLD TO CULTIVATE POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE
Now - June 1
July 1 - August 1
August 1 - 15
August 19, 20 & 21
August 22 - December
October - November
January - June
Youth are recruited to submit for a virtual audition
Selected youth and mentors are announced with a press release and video
Mentors lead youth through an overview of the creative process, theatre for social change methodology, and generative work processes
Youth create and stage their solo piece with their mentor
Performances tour as a part of the Night Out in the Parks at Hamilton Park in Englewood, LaFollette Park in Austin, and Douglass Park in Lawndale
Youth solo performances available for additional touring dates and locations
Videos are made of each youth solo performance & released at a premiere event
The youth crew is booked for additional public performances, appearances, collaborations, and activations