Bringing Moving Music & Visual Art to the Streets

Joyful Passage



Opera-Matic and the McCormick YMCA hosted a neighborhood walk to celebrate the special stories, hidden talents, and unique assets that every block has. In preparation for our walking serenade, Opera-Matic poets and artists took exploratory walks with members of the YMCA's Teen Reach program. Iconography was developed based on the city's Safe Passage program. "Joyful Passage" became a symbol for a walking and singing community.

Special thanks to the Ames Elementary Youth Orchestra/People's Music School, Block Club Federation, International Capoeira Angola Foundation, McCormick Tribune YMCA, Mozart Park, Unidos do Quilombo, Springfield Pumping Station, and YMAD Youth Making A Difference.

This project was supported by the Young Leaders Fund.

photos by Kristen Brown

This program is partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and CityArts, a program of the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events. Opera-Matic programs are also made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works program, Alphawood, the Chicago Community Trust, Night Out in the Parks, and more. Visit our "Support" page for more information. 

This project is supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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