TRACE Program Hosts Culminating Events August 8


Youth leaders in the Chicago Park District’s TRACE (Teens Re-Imagining Art, Community and Environment) program culminate their summer activities with distinct celebrations at three locations Thursday, Aug. 8.

Bessemer Park, 8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
2-4 p.m.
Participants celebrate urban ecology at a community garden party featuring recipes with fresh foods from the garden they planted and cultivated.  Other features include a recycled art exhibit, a garden walk, and activities that echo youth responses to stereotypes.

Cornell Square Park, 1809 W. 50th St.
5-7 p.m.
TRACE invites the community to participate in a dialogue that will begin with a media presentation of research on African American family structure and beauty standards, and challenges the stereotypes that bind them.

West Pullman Park, 401 W. 123rd St.
6-8 p.m.
“West Pullman Night Live” is a variety show that will explore and combat stereotypes through drama, stepping, poetry and dance.  Teens tackle relationships, pay a tribute to Trayvon Martin, and include a message of being a living example of youth empowerment.

TRACE is a jobs-focused teen leadership program run by the Chicago Park District.  It cultivates young creative activists to advocate for and create change within their local and wider communities.  TRACERs do this by using art processes to engage the public on an issue, employ the arts to bring people together, and use the art event/moment as an opportunity for connection and further action.


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