Wednesday, December 12, 2018

CANCELED >> Creative Minds Talks Presents "The Art of Storytelling" Featuring Chance the Rapper and Renee Fleming Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

UPDATE January 9, 2019:

Creative Minds Talks has regretfully made the decision to cancel the Jan. 12 conversation between Chance the Rapper and Renée Fleming as Chance the Rapper is no longer able to attend. Creative Minds Talks is eager to continue bringing unique and educational conversations to the Chicagoland area and is grateful for the community’s continued support. Refunds will be made automatically to patron credit cards. 
 Creative Minds Talks presents “The Art of Storytelling,” featuring Chance the Rapper and Renée Fleming onstage and in conversation at the Lyric Opera of Chicago (20 N. Upper Wacker Dr.) on Saturday, January 12, 2019. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7 p.m. Chance the Rapper, a Grammy award-winning artist, producer and Chicago activist and Renée Fleming, Grammy award-winning vocalist, author and entrepreneur will discuss activism, philanthropy, education and entrepreneurship. Tickets for Creative Minds Talks featuring Chance the Rapper and Renée Fleming will go on sale Friday, Dec. 14 and can be purchased at or  
An important component of Creative Minds Talks is giving back to the community through donations and support to arts and educational programs.  A portion of proceeds from each talk supports various charitable causes focused on fighting global poverty and on arts, education and healthcare for children and youth. For the Jan. 12 Talk, a portion of ticket sales will benefit Chance the Rapper’s Chicago based foundation, SocialWorks. SocialWorks aims to empower youth through the arts, education and civic engagement while fostering leadership, accessibility and positivity. 
Creative Minds Talks was founded by Ewa Poilleux in 2015 and this will be its third presentation in Chicago. As the former editor-in-chief of an international publication specializing in foreign relations, Poilleux is continually seeking inspiration and cultural intelligence. Believing that others share the same curiosity, she founded Creative Minds Talks to showcase the “art of storytelling” to a broad audience. As she often says, “Creative Minds Talks is a platform for people who can inspire us, not only professionally but simply as humans.”
Previous events under the Creative Minds Talks platform have included: Common, an academy-award winning artist, actor and activist and Serena Williams, entrepreneur, philanthropist and winner of a record-setting 23 Grand Slam titles; Daniel Libeskind, founder of Studio Libeskind and the master plan architect for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site; Naeem Khan, the world-renowned fashion designer; and Rhona Hoffman, named by Vanity Fair as one of the 14 most important female gallerists in America.
Tickets for Creative Minds Talks featuring Chance the Rapper and Renée Fleming will be available beginning Dec. 14 for $55. Tickets can be purchased at or
About Creative Minds Talks
Creative Minds Talks presents the “The Art of Storytelling” through conversations with the brightest minds in art, architecture, fashion, film, literature, sports, music and philanthropy in front of a live audience in a notable, marquee venue. The participants include two thought leaders onstage in a dialogue format. The conversation that emanates inevitably engages, educates, entertains and inspires.  With the support of its partners, each Talk aims to elevate creative and cultural worlds.  Every Creative Minds Talks includes a donation to charitable causes related to the participating speakers that are focused on fighting global poverty and on arts, education and healthcare for children and youth.

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