Thousands to Attend the Largest Celebration of Youth Artists in Chicago History at YAS! Fest
Saturday, September 22 throughout the Millennium Park Campus
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Hip-hop star Desiigner announced as headliner with breakout Chicago artist Ravyn Lenae opening for Youth Arts Showcase
Presented by Allstate Insurance Company
Schedule includes performances by Little Kids Rock, Ensemble Español, Hiplet ballerinas and dozens of other local arts organizations
Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events are thrilled to announce the daylong YAS! Fest lineup for the Year of Creative Youth presented by Allstate Insurance Company on Saturday, September 22 from 11am to 7:30pm.
Free and open to the public, YAS! Fest will be the largest celebration of young artists in Chicago history, with the creative works of thousands of young artists showcased throughout the Millennium Park Campus (201 E. Randolph Street), and a finale that features hip-hop star Desiigner (“Panda”) as the headliner. Opening for Desiigner’s mainstage performance is 19-year-old breakout artist Ravyn Lenae, a graduate of Chicago High School for the Arts.
“The Year of Creative Youth provides an incredible opportunity to support the creativity and growth of artistic children across Chicago,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This festival is our city’s largest showcase of youth artists, featuring the creative works of thousands of young people from arts organizations in neighborhoods across the city. We celebrate their talents and the mentors who inspire them.”
“When young people believe in themselves and are encouraged to bring their ideas forward, we know they’ll create the kind of society that uplifts us all,” said Vicky Dinges, Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Allstate. “That’s why Allstate is focused on empowering our next generation of leaders by investing in programs like the arts that help young people build critical social and emotional skills. We care about the future of Chicago and our youth and are proud to recognize them as problem solvers, change agents and artists.”
For more information and the most up-to-date festival schedule, visit cityofchicago.org/YOCY
About the Year of Creative Youth
Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have designated 2018 as the Year of Creative Youth—a citywide celebration of Chicago’s young artists and the mentors who inspire them. Presented by Allstate Insurance Company, the Year of Creative Youth will feature young artists and their work at City of Chicago festivals, exhibitions and events throughout the year including the new YAS! Fest youth arts showcase. The year will also include cultural grants and convenings for youth arts organizations, a marketing campaign and more—representing an over $2 million investment by the City of Chicago.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
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