LINCOLN PARK — For four nights in early July, Chicago's young dancers, musicians, authors and artists will take the stage at Lincoln Park's Theater on the Lake.
The Chicago Park District's inaugural Declaration YOUth arts festival will kick off July 3 and will have performances each night through the seventh. There will be no performances on July 4.
The first night on July 3 kicks off with DJ Kid Color who will be spinning a set in the southern pavilion of the Theater on the Lake, located at Fullerton and the lakeshore.
The northern pavilion will host a mural paining by Yollocalli Arts Reach teaching artist Gloria Talamantes-Data and other artwork by Yollocalli youth.
Friday July 5 will feature Young Chicago Authors presentation of English Class Heretics, a spoken word performance. Young Chicago Authors is known for its Louder Than A Bomb youth poetry festival and #WordPlay, Chicago's longest running youth poetry slam.
Also on Friday will be Milo & Otis, a musical duo known for their R&B/soul sounds.
On July 6 Kuumba Lynx will perform 1LUVUprize!, a tribute to Chicago hip hop artist and activist John Vietnam Nguyen. Teens will also be able to record their own rhymes over beats at the Inferno Mobile Recording Studio.
On July 7 About Face Theater will perform It's For Real, their play based on true experiences of performers in the show focusing on issues of race, class, gender, age, sexuality and bullying. The youth ensemble of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Jazz Links, will also perform that night.
Each night, the festival will run from 5 to 9 p.m.