August 8, 2018

35 Young Artists Receive 2018 Rising Star Honors in conjunction with Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth

Elizabeth Neukirch/The Silverman Group, elizabeth@silvermangroupchicago.com, 312.932.9911

Mary May, mary.may@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.0576    Christine Carrino, christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.0573

 

Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will honor 35 outstanding young artists selected for the city’s 2018 Rising Star Honor Roll at a private reception tonight, August 8, at the Chicago Cultural Center. Recognized for their creative leadership and exceptional artistic talents, the young artists were nominated directly by their mentors from arts organizations, school arts programs and community organizations in the following areas: music, theatre, dance, visual arts, media arts, literary arts and culinary arts. The full list of 2018 Rising Star honorees and nominating organizations follows.

This year’s Rising Star honors are held in conjunction with Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth—a citywide celebration of Chicago’s young artists and the mentors who inspire them, presented by Allstate Insurance Company. The creative talents of hundreds of young artists from dozens of Chicago cultural organizations and programs will be on display during the Creative Youth Festival, the new youth arts showcase event on Saturday, September 22 from 11am to 7:30pm throughout the Millennium Park Campus. For more information and the most up-to-date festival schedule, visit cityofchicago.org/YOCY.

“Through the Year of Creative Youth, we are shining a light on the immense artistic talent of Chicago’s young people,” said Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “We celebrate this year’s Rising Stars as the artists and arts leaders of the future. They inspire other young people to take a creative path.”

“When young people believe in themselves and are encouraged to bring their ideas forward, we know they’ll create the kind of society that uplifts us all,” said Vicky Dinges, Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Allstate. “That’s why Allstate is focused on empowering our next generation of leaders by investing in programs like the arts that help young people build critical social and emotional skills. We care about the future of Chicago and our youth and are proud to recognize them as problem solvers, change agents and artists.”

 

2018 Rising Star honorees and nominating organizations

Brittany Alexander

Nominated by Gary Comer Youth Center for honor in Visual Arts

 

Kanyinsola Anifowoshe

Nominated by Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago for honor in Media Arts

 

Steven Baloue

Nominated by Merit School of Music for honor in Music

 

Brian Blanco

Nominated by The People's Music School for honor in Music

 

Michelle Boens

Nominated by Roosevelt High School for honor in Culinary Arts

 

Steven Bowman

Nominated by Jazz Institute of Chicago for honor in Music

 

Joselyn Corona

Nominated by Marwen for honor in Visual Arts

 

Ileana Ericksen

Nominated by Chicago Public Schools All-City Program for honor in Dance

 

Ciara Evans

Nominated by After School Matters for honor in Dance

 

Nicole Fanelli

Nominated by Art Institute of Chicago for honor in Visual Arts

 

Esther Figueroa

Nominated by Puerto Rican Arts Alliance for honor in Music

 

Joserik Figueroa-Duran

Nominated by Mariachi Arts and Culture Academy for honor in Music

 

Eric Flores

Nominated by After School Matters for honor in Visual Arts

 

Semira Garrett

Nominated by Chicago Public Library YOUmedia for honor in Media Arts

 

Nicole Ginard

Nominated by Chicago Architecture Foundation for honor in Media Arts

 

Elaina Huang

Nominated by Lane Tech High School for honor in Music

 

Adero Johnson

Nominated by Chicago Park District Kenwood Park for honor in Visual Arts

 

Patricia Joyner

Nominated by Free Spirit Media for honor in Media Arts

 

Lucy Mangalapalli

Nominated by Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras for honor in Music

 

Yamaris Martinez

Nominated by Chicago Architecture Foundation for honor in Visual Arts

 

Deondre McDuffie

Nominated by Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy for honor in Literary Arts

 

Brianna Medina

Nominated by SkyART for honor in Visual Arts

 

Sylvia Merie Meraz

Nominated by Yollocalli Arts Reach of the National Museum of Mexican Art for honor in Literary Arts

 

Abigail Mosquera

Nominated by Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater for honor in Dance

 

Antoinette Mpawenayo

Nominated by CircEsteem for honor in Theatre

 

Sajdah Muhammad

Nominated by Musical Arts Institute for honor in Music

 

Isaiah Ortiz

Nominated by 826CHI for honor in Literary Arts

 

Georgia Pauley

Nominated by South Chicago Dance Theatre for honor in Dance

 

Daniela Reyes

Nominated by Chicago High School for the Arts for honor in Theatre

 

Yailin Rojas

Nominated by Guitars Over Guns for honor in Music

 

Jalin Ross

Nominated by After School Matters for honor in Music

 

Jessica Ross

Nominated by Chicago Park District Kenwood Park for honor in Literary Arts

 

Hallie Spolarich

Nominated by Beverly Arts Center for honor in Theatre

 

Ania Wellere

Nominated by Kenwood Academy High School for honor in Media Arts

 

Noah Wilson

Nominated by Kenwood Academy High School for honor in Visual Arts

 

About the Year of Creative Youth

Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have designated 2018 as the Year of Creative Youth – a citywide celebration of Chicago’s young artists and the mentors who inspire them. Presented by Allstate Insurance Company, the Year of Creative Youth will feature young artists and their work at City of Chicago festivals, exhibitions and events throughout the year and a new Creative Youth Festival. The year will also include cultural grants and convenings for youth arts organizations, a marketing campaign and more—representing an over $2 million investment by the City of Chicago.

Additional grant support for the Year of Creative Youth is provided by The Chicago Community Trust, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and support from the Chicago Transit Authority.

 

About the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

 

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