Last month, nearly 500 Chicago teens proudly displayed their skills and talents at the After School Matters Citywide Showcase, held at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.
Teens from programs across the city demonstrated skills developed during the past year in an extraordinary presentation of performing and visual arts, science and technology. The evening’s performances highlighted the wide variety of programming that After School Matters offers, including performances from Hi Def Dance Ensemble, Chicago Opera Theater for Teens, Queen Nzinga’s Brigade and a martial arts performance by the Leadership Apprenticeship Mentoring Program, to name just a few.
A Teen Gallery displayed throughout the theater lobby featured a variety of one-of-a-kind, teen-created artwork, jewelry, clothing, photography and more, all of which was available for purchase onsite with proceeds supporting After School Matters teen programs. The Teens-in-Action exhibition showcased hands-on, interactive displays from After School Matters aviation, forensics, science and urban gardening programs.
“The Citywide Showcase is evidence of the passion and determination of Chicago’s teens,” said Mary Ellen Caron, After School Matters Chief Executive Officer. “They never cease to amaze me with their conviction and hard work. What they accomplished tonight should make Chicago proud.”