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Monday, April 15

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WBEZ is looking for local artists for an upcoming series on 848 and Arts. In particular, they're looking for people in their early 20s who are "pushing the boundaries of music, theater, art, and previously unheard of new forms of culture." Get the full details by clicking on

Friends, colleagues,

Are you hip? If not, do you know anyone who can help us?

We're looking for people creating a fresh and original buzz in the local cultural scene. Folks around 20-24 years old.

We're looking for young, talented, trailblazing artists and others in the process of redefining an art form -- or inventing new forms of expression. People pushing the boundaries of music, theater, art, and previously unheard of new forms of culture.

Why? To complement Julia McEvoy's 'Next Generation - Chicago Matters' series, Arts and 848 will air a week of programming on Local Artists: The Next Generation.

The 5 days of programming are scheduled to air May 10 to 14, from 10:06 to 10:30.

We want to present a diverse group of people who have made at least one mark on the scene, but who are at the beginning of their output, and who will bring us fresh perspectives.

We want to hear from them about culture - what culture is to them, what it means to them, where they encounter or experience or create it, how they create or experience it, what the obstacles are, what the satisfactions and joys are; what they think of previous generations etc.

First we'll convene the group of young people who fit the above description, and hear from them at the outset of our planning.

That will help us shape our series.

So, we need your help. If you know anyone who could give us interesting thoughts on how and what we should present in our series, please have them e-mail me at

We expect our series to be recorded roundtable discussions, full of music, produced profiles, theater scenes, essays, writing passages, visits to cultural venues and studios and a lot more.

Thank you,


Edward Lifson
Arts, Architecture and Culture
Chicago Public Radio
91.5 FM WBEZ
Tel. 312.948.4731

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