The 24th annual YEA! Day will take place on the sidewalks of the Chicago/Dempster business district from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.

In case of rain the event will move to Dawes School, at Oakton Street and Dodge Avenue.

The purpose of YEA! Day is to provide a forum for children to exhibit and perform their art in a non-competitive and non-commercial setting. All public, private and parochial schools, pre-school through high school, are invited to participate in this inclusive, non-competitive festival. This year art exhibits and the YEA! Stage will showcase more than 1500 students from 40 schools, and thousands of people will crowd the sidewalks to enjoy their delightful artwork and performances.

Last year the YEA! Foundation launched an arts and education initiative to expand the mission to “nurture, enable and inspire” young Evanston artists beyond YEA! Day. The goal of the Foundation is to bring together a network of existing community arts resources dedicated to enhancing learning for Evanston students.

“We are grateful to the businesses who are committed to supporting YEA!Day and the YEA Foundation’s educational initiative. They understand that arts enhance learning, and creativity and imagination make for better employees,” said Susan Larson, development director.

YEA! Day has widespread community support from the City of Evanston, the Chamber of Commerce, and many local businesses including Title Sponsor Autobarn of Evanston, Make It Better, Evanston RoundTable, Duxler Tire, Hagerty Consulting, Wesley Realty, Whole Foods, Bravo, St. Francis Hospital, First Bank & Trust, and Allegra Printing.

More information about YEA! and volunteer opportunites with the group can be found online.

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