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Cultivating Young Artists as Social Changemakers: Featuring the Albany Park Theater Project

Join the Urban Institute for a performance of Amor de Lejos by the Albany Park Theater Project, a Chicago-based multiethnic, youth theater ensemble that strives to inspire and envision a more just and beautiful world. A discussion following the play will explore how the transformative nature of art can offer people the tools they need to become changemakers in their communities. Panelists working at the intersection of art, culture, and social change will discuss how they engage young people in developing socially conscious work, use art to build deeper ties across difference, and craft place-based cultural programming to build bridges between communities.


Featured Speakers

  • David Feiner, Producing Artistic Director, Albany Park Theater Project
  • Rev. Erik W. Martínez Resly, Codirector, The Sanctuaries
  • Irfana Jetha Noorani, Deputy Director, 11th Street Bridge Park
  • Jared Shamberger, Program Director, Young Playwrights’ Theater
  • Erika Poethig, Vice President, Research to Action Lab, Urban Institute (moderator)



The Urban Institute hosts engaging conversations with of-the-moment artists and authors through film screenings, book releases, and other events that connect policy decisions to communities and bring evidence to life. 


Registration and refreshments will be available at 5:00 p.m. The program will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. and a reception to follow. Please contact [email protected] with questions. 

Photo by Liz Lauren

Date & Time Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Urban Institute 500 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington , DC , 20024
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