Collaboraction has opened submissions for The Light, a year-long residency-style training program for young “artivists” (artists + activists) in Chicago to illuminate community, connection, and social change through performance and art. design.
Now in year two, The Light will recruit, cultivate and provide performance platforms, both live and digital, for two cohorts or “sets”. Like last year, Collaboraction will select five young performance activists, who will be paired with mentors to create and perform original solo works. New this year, Collaboraction has expanded The Light to include a second cohort of production activists – five young people who will work alongside industry professionals in design and technical skills including light, sound, video, costumes, stage design and stage management.
The submission deadline for both cohorts, Performance Activists and Production Activists, is Friday, May 20, 2022. To apply, go to collaboration.org/submissions-the-light and complete the appropriate submission form.
Applicants will be asked to submit a sample video, state their social justice goal, and share how they seek to spread it to the world as an artist who wants to cultivate positive social change. For performers, Collaboraction is open to different styles including storytelling/theatre, spoken word, dance or music. For the production/design team, all levels of experience and areas of interest are welcome. For both cohorts, Collaboraction is especially interested in submissions from young people interested in art as healing, an umbrella theme for all of the company’s programming coming out of the pandemic.
In July, Collaboraction will select a diverse group of ten young artists. The two ensembles will work independently, with mentors and in collaboration to conceive, engineer, rehearse and perform five solo pieces under the overall title The Light. These performances, presented in August at Hamilton Park in Englewood, Douglass Park in Lawndale and Lafollette Park in Austin as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks, will be free and open to the public.
Following the visit to the parks, The Light artists, with technical support from the youth production team, will each create a video of their work to be screened at Collaboraction shows and in-person events, on future episodes of Crucial Connexions’ live monthly virtual talk show, and shared on Collaboraction’s ICT Tac, Youtube, instagram and Facebook feeds itself.
Each youth selected for The Light will be paid $18 per hour for all rehearsals, productions, performances and appearance times, through Collaboraction. Fair remuneration policy for all. The light performers and production/design team will also be booked for additional performances, appearances, collaborations, activations, and training opportunities throughout the 2022-23 school year.
The Light is partially supported by the Marc and Jeanne Malnati Family Foundation and Toyota Motors North America.