Tuesday, May 29, 2018

"Flying Creatures" Street Scuptures created by young artists will animate parts of Wabash a part of the Year of Creative Youth (Chicago, IL.)








“FLYING CREATURES” STREET SCULPTURES CREATED BY YOUNG ARTISTS WILL ANIMATE WABASH AVENUE AS PART OF THE YEAR OF CREATIVE YOUTH

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the Flying Creatures Project as part of the Year of Creative Youth – a citywide celebration of Chicago’s young artists and the mentors who inspire them. An array of kinetic street sculptures – or modern gargoyles – the Flying Creatures were created by students from the youth art programs at SkyART, After School Matters, Dundee-Crown High School, Marengo Community High School and YOUMedia Chicago.

 “Through the Year of Creative Youth, we are shining a light on the immense artistic talent of Chicago’s young people while offering opportunities at some of our marquee events this summer,” said Mark Kelly, Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “We want to offer a platform to showcase our creative youth and to inspire other young people to take a creative path.”

DCASE, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) artscape program, will install about 50 Flying Creatures on street poles along Wabash Avenue between Washington and Randolph streets this June. Many more Flying Creatures sculptures will eventually be installed up and down Wabash Avenue. Some of the Flying Creatures will make a very special appearance in Millennium Park today, Thursday, May 24, during the Chicago Children’s Choir’s Paint the Town Red, a free concert featuring 4,800 young singers from across Chicago. For details, visit ccchoir.org.

Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have designated 2018 as the Year of Creative Youth – a citywide celebration of Chicago’s young artists and the mentors who inspire them. As part of the “Year of Creative Youth,” Chicago's new Creative Youth Festival on Saturday, September 22, in Millennium Park will showcase young artists in dance, theatre, music, spoken word, the visual arts and more. Through performances and activities, all ages will discover and celebrate the creativity and talent of emerging local artists – and those helping to inspire and unlock their creative potential. Admission to the festival is free, and a full schedule will be announced this summer.

Presented by Allstate Insurance Company, the Year of Creative Youth will also feature young artists and their work at City of Chicago festivals, exhibitions and events throughout the year. Additionally, the Year of Creative Youth is aligned with “Art Design Chicago,” a citywide initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art—featuring over 25 exhibitions and hundreds of public programs in 2018. Arts education and youth engagement will be important components of the overall program, including art making workshops and field trips.

For more information about the Year of Creative Youth, visit cityofchicago.org/yocy—and join the conversation on Facebook (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events), Twitter @ChicagoDCASE and Instagram @ChicagoDCASE #2018isYOCY #ChiCreativeYouth #BornCreative.

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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