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Community Arts Program

The Community Arts Program consists of a variety of drop-in art-based workshops provided for LGBTQI+ youth (ages 18-30) experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity in the Chicago area. Teaching artists and partnering community organizations collaborate with YEPP to offer a creative outlet for youth in the Chicago area to cope with traumas and build skills that promote self-development.  Even though we used to have multiple workshops throughout the week, for now we are having our Community Arts Program just during the Community Drop-In Arts Program.  If you are a young person interested in participating or a youth worker that would like to refer a young person, you can access the operational hours of our Community Drop-In Services in the linked above.


In alignment with our five core organizational frameworks, each workshop will also support participants in developing creativity and healthy coping strategies, building self-confidence and fostering sustainable and supportive community relationships. Offerings may include: writing, ballet, modern dance, vogue, visual art, photography, urban fashion, film, and music among others. Every December we host a community showcase where participants can share what they’ve created throughout the year.  


Teaching Artists can be artists, activists, educators, youth-workers and anyone else with a desire to share their creative passions with community in a transformative and queer-affirming setting. Teaching artists can apply to teach a one-time workshop or series of workshops.  

Fore more information about tasks and responsibilities of Teaching Artists, please see the Teaching Artist Job Description. If you are interested in becoming a Teaching Artist, please complete the Volunteer Application Form and a team member will reach out to provide next steps.  For any other questions, don't hesitate to email us at    






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