YAS! Fest celebrates the rising stars of Chicago

YAS! Fest, MIllennium Park

YAS! Fest, MIllennium Park

35 outstanding
young artists
will be honored
September 21 event
Millennium Park

The City of Chicago will celebrate thirty-five outstanding young artists at the 2nd Annual YAS! Fest (Youth Arts Showcase) on Saturday, September 21, in Millennium Park.

Representing the vibrancy of creative life and arts education from all across the city, the 2019 honorees were nominated directly by mentors from arts organizations, school arts programs and community organizations in the following areas: music, theatre, dance, visual arts, media arts and literary arts. Together, they comprise the 2019 Rising Star Honor Roll presented by Allstate.

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, First Lady Amy Eshleman, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) recognized the individuals for their creative leadership and exceptional artistic talents during a Rising Star private celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center on August 5.

“We are shining a light on the immense artistic talent of Chicago’s young people,” said Mark Kelly, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “We celebrate this year’s Rising Stars as the artists and arts leaders of the future. They inspire other young people to take a creative path.”

YAS! FEST 2018


About YAS! Fest
Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, YAS! Fest is a celebration of Chicago’s talented, creative youth featuring young artists in music, dance, theatre, spoken word, DJs, design, photography and more.

About the 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.

For more information and the most up-to-date festival schedule, visit millenniumpark.org.

Send your event updates to Reel Chicago Editor Dan Patton, dan@reelchicago.com.