The Light’s SUMMER NIGHTS OUT IN THE PARKS 2022 tour wraps up this weekend

The Light, the Chicago-based youth artist-activist ensemble of Collaboraction, will wrap up its Summer Nights Out in the Parks 2022 tour this weekend with three back-to-back performances in the South and West Sides of the city:

Thursday, August 18, 6 p.m.
Douglass Park, 1301 S. Sacramento Ave in North Lawndale

Friday, August 19, 5 p.m.
LaFollette Park, 1333 N. Laramie Ave. in Austin

Saturday, August 20, 5 p.m.
Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72nd St. in Englewood

The Light is a growing body of exceptional young artists and changemakers with exceptional message, skill and craft, eager to be immersed in in-depth artistic and academic mentorship through the Creative Paid Mentorship Program and performance for a period of one year of Collaboraction.

The six members of Collaboraction’s inaugural 2021-22 cohort – dancer/actor Nate Buescher, spoken word artist Marcus Jackson, dancers/athletes Phallon and Kyra Pierce, and singer-songwriter Ella Rae – will perform this weekend and will continue the program in 2022-23.

New members making their lightweight debut are Earl Hester, CJ Dahgod, Sydney Sanaa and Bigg Ceno.

This weekend’s shows, featured as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, are the finale of The Light’s 2022 summer tour, following successful stops at Kidzapalooza, the Silver Room Block Party and Navy Pier’s Fresh Fest.

Starting this fall, The Light will continue to meet, develop and stage their art and activism under the guidance of Collaboraction Company member Carolyn Hoerdemann, The Light’s primary mentor, and rapper and activist community FURY, aka Samantha Jordan, artist teacher for La Lumière.

Four leaders from Chicago’s performing arts and social justice community – FURY, Robert Cornelius, Nashon Holloway and Jeronimo Speaks – also serve as mentors for The Light.

The Light is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by the Mayor’s Office and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Celebrating 10 years, the 2022 Night Out in the Parks program features year-round cultural events at neighborhood parks across the city. The Chicago Park District, in partnership with more than 100 local artists and organizations, presents captivating events and performances that improve the quality of life across Chicago and amplify the artistic and cultural vibrancy of each neighborhood. Through multiple disciplines, which include theater, music, film, dance, site-specific work, nature programs and community festivals, the series aims to support Chicago-based artists, facilitate partnerships and community programs, cultivate civic engagement, and ensure equal access to the arts for all Chicagoans.

Alva Adams-Mason, Group Director of Multicultural Business Alliance and Dealer Relations – Social Innovation at Toyota shares, “Unique STEAM programs like The Light are at the forefront of inspiring young people to become the next leaders of society. Collaboraction’s work to embrace and celebrate diversity works in tandem with our efforts to bring people and organizations together to improve access to opportunity and influence change. »

Join Collaboraction’s new membership program that supports live programs and digital workshops, helps pay artists fairly, and provides courageous space for diverse voices creating transformative performances on critical social issues. CollaborActivists receive exclusive invitations to social events (virtual and in-person), free or discounted tickets, special giveaways, and updates on Collaboraction’s community impact. Become a CollaborActivist for as little as $1 per month at collaboration.org/memberships.

About Collaboraction: Changing the Map and Breaking Down Barriers in the Theater Industry

Collaboraction is a 25-year-old ethno-diverse company that uses theater and performance to inspire social change on Chicago’s most critical issues. Collaboraction produces live and digital performances, anti-racism workshops, and youth programs that inspire change and build equity in Chicago.

Since its founding in 1996, Collaboraction has pushed artistic boundaries, working with over 4,000 artists to bring over 100 productions and events to over 150,000 unique viewers, and has inspired measurable positive change in social justice in Chicago. and beyond.

Collaboraction’s work includes Sketchbook, Peacebook, Trial in the Delta: The Murder of Emmett Till, Moonset Sunrise, The Light Youth Ensemble, Crime Scene, Forgotten Future and Gender Breakdown. In addition to live performances, community building, and video production, the company centers and showcases its work in historically overlooked Chicago neighborhoods like Englewood, Austin, and Lawndale.

Collaboraction, under the direction of Executive Artistic Director Anthony Moseley, has been recognized for its innovation and inclusiveness in using theater as a tool for social change with numerous awards, including, most recently, a 2020 Foster Innovation Award from the Department of Business Chicago’s cultural and special events. , the 2020 Multiracial Unity Award from the First Unitarian Church-Chicago, a 2018 Stand For the Arts Award from Comcast and OvationTV, and an Otto Award from the Castillo Theater in New York.

Collaboraction is supported by the Chicago Community Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Humanities, Paul M. Angell Foundation, Marc and Jeanne Malnati Family Foundation, Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation, Bayless Family Foundation, Spreading Hearts, AV Chicago and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Collaboraction is supported by grant funds from the United States Department of the Treasury through the City of Chicago.

For more information, visit collaboration.org or follow the company on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok or YouTube.

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