Saturday, September 22nd, young artists gathered in Millennium Park to showcase their talents Chicago's first Youth Arts festival. The festival is part of the city's initiative to expand youth cultural learning programs and to promote the creativity and artistic growth of Chicago's youth.
It was a day filled with interactive activities such pop-up dance performances, mural paintings, and art workshops.
YAS! Fest gave local up-and-coming artists an opportunity to promote their work in front of a larger audience and it helped highlight the contributions young people bring to the artistic landscape of Chicago.
The festival featured a panel with cast members from the Comedy Central show "South Side" and Showtime's "The Chi", moderated by Arrione Nettled, Digital DIrector at WBEZ 95.1.
The festival also highlighted the last days of Keith Haring exhibit, which had been displayed in the Chicago Cultural Center.
As part of the interactive workshops people were able to make their own Keith Haring inspired drawings which were displayed on a new mural.