Chicago Public Library Tackles Youth Violence in Chicago Through the Arts

Chicago Public Library Tackles Youth Violence in Chicago Through the Arts

The Chicago Public Library is working to combat youth violence, that has become almost epidemic in Chicago, through arts programming in conjunction with their Now is the Time initiative. They will be bringing the special October arts series to some of Chicago's neighborhoods hit hardest by violence.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company and DePaul University are joining forces with the Library to convey the voices of tragedy, despair and hope as described in the new book, "How Long Will I Cry? Voices of Youth Violence"—edited by DePaul professor and author Miles Harvey and published by Big Shoulders Books.

The October programs will feature actors from Steppenwolf Theatre performing excerpts from the book, about the people whose lives have been changed forever by the bloodshed in Chicago’s streets. Each program will be followed by a community conversation about ending youth violence and intolerance in Chicago. The free programs are open to teens, ages 13 and up, parents and community members.

The series takes place at the following times and locations:

October 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Logan Square Branch
3030 W. Fullerton Ave.
(312) 744-5295

October 7 at 10:30 a.m.
Little Village Branch
2311 S. Kedzie Ave.
(312) 745-1862

October 10 at 10:30 a.m.
Austin Branch
5615 W. Race Ave.
(312) 746-5038

October 11 at 10:30 a.m.
Uptown Branch
929 W. Buena Ave.
(312) 744-8400

October 12 at 2:30 p.m.
Thurgood Marshall Branch
7506 S. Racine Ave.
(312) 747-5927

October 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Whitney Young Branch
7901 S. King Dr.
(312) 747-0039

October 28 at 10:30 a.m.
West Belmont Branch
3104 N. Narragansett Ave.
(312) 746-5142

October 29 at 10:30 a.m.
Legler Branch
115 S. Pulaski Rd.
(312) 746-7730

October 30 at 10:30 a.m.
Pullman Branch
11001 S. Indiana Ave.
(312) 747-2033

In addition, two Arts in Action workshops in which teens can view and create art related to youth violence in Chicago are scheduled.  Art creations will be added to an exhibition at the branches with art pieces made by teens from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, so together as a united front teens from Chicago and Pittsburgh can send the message that young people care and are taking a stand together to create positive change.

Arts in Action workshops take place:

October 23 at 4:00 p.m.
Richard M. Daley Branch
733 N. Kedzie Ave.
(312) 743-0555

October 24 at 4:00 p.m.
Lozano Branch
1805 S. Loomis St.
(312) 746-4329

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