Featured Artists

Featured Plenary Performances: Friday, June 12, 2015

12:00 P.M.–2:15 P.M.
Chicago Ballroom IV–VI
Performance by Blues Kids

Now in their 25th Anniversary year, The Blues Kids Foundation was established to preserve, perform and promote the Blues among America's youth, parents and educators under the tutelage of highly qualified instructors. Their focus and social responsibility is education (pedagogy + andragogy), literacy and music as a second language.

Opening ceremony: The first nation people welcome Americans for the Arts to Chicago. Trickster Art Gallery presents Heartbeat of Mother Earth, accompanied by American Indian Veterans and dancers in full regalia.

7:00 P.M.–9:00 P.M.
Museum of Contemporary Art

DJ 50 MILLZ will spin tunes while Chicago-based theater company Redmoon will provide beautiful spectacles throughout the event.


Featured Plenary Performance: Saturday, June 13, 2015

9:00 A.M.–11:15 A.M.
Chicago Ballroom IV–VI

Performance by Black Ensemble Theater

Founded in 1976, by the phenomenal producer, playwright and actress Jackie Taylor, Black Ensemble Theater is the only African American theater located in the culturally, racially and ethnically diverse north side Uptown community. Through its Five Play Season of Excellence, The Black Ensemble Theater dazzles audiences locally, nationally and internationally with outstanding original musicals that are entertaining, educational and uplifting. The Black Ensemble Theater has produced more than 100 productions and employed over 5,000 artists.


Featured Plenary Performance: Sunday, June 14, 2015

11:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M.
Performance by Louder Than A Bomb youth poets

Completing its 15th season, Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) is the largest, youth poetry festival in the world. Founded in Chicago in 2001 and hosted by Young Chicago Authors (YCA), the event attracts 1000 participants from 120 schools in over 100 different Chicagoland zip codes. High school in-class and afterschool teams focused on a Literary Arts curriculum as a sporting event — with reading & writing literacy as the goal! This is the power of the LTAB platform.


Our thanks to the Chicago Community Trust and the Prince Charitable Trusts for their support of this year’s artistic performances.