YOUNG CHICAGO AUTHORS
Kevin Coval/Young Chicago Authors (YCA) and a group of artists from Illinois formed a dynamic assemblage of educators and writers to cultivate and strengthen the personal voices of residency participants through writing, publication, and performance. Coval and company worked cross generationally to realize undiscovered aspects of community members’ identities through the written and spoken word as well as performance.
The culmination of this residency was two stirring showcases of company repertoire and inspiring performances of an original evening-length work developed by community members, the company, and guest artists. A related publication and exhibition with video was also part of the residency.
Connecting Communities collaborations are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust.