Meet our Community Partners
Over the past few months of conducting research and interviews as background for our original play Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology, we have been priveleged to work with some amazing community organizations that are working on a daily basis to stem the violence.
As artists, we believe in the power of storytelling to make change and create dialogue - but we also know that we cannot operate in a bubble. Theater is just one piece of an enormous effort to reduce violence and provide a better future for our children, and it is only by working together and tackling the problem from its many angles that we can effect lasting change in our city.
The Community Partners listed below have done everything from helping to inform our writing process, to spreading the word about the show and co-facilitating postshow conversations alongside our cast & crew. We are truly grateful for their involvement.
Please check them out, and support their inspiring work!
Crime Scene Community Partners
Chicago's Citizens for Change - Working to reduce youth violence through programs and partnerships that strengthen communities and promote restorative peace-making by supporting families and youth who have experienced loss due to violence.
Cure Violence - Reversing the spread of violence by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control—detection and interruption, identifying individuals involved in transmission, and changing social norms of the communities where it occurs.
The Faith Community of Saint Sabina - An African American Catholic community of faith, education, and service
Latinos Progressando - Serving immigrants with the highest quality, low-cost legal immigration services, community education and engagement, and advocacy/organizing around policy that affects immigrants.
Lupe Fiasco Foundation - Providing inner city youth ages 14-24 with comprehensive positive youth development programming that embodies educational advancement, service learning and leadership, global capacity building and music education
Now Is The Time - A citywide initiative inspiring Chicago's young people to make positive change in their communities and stop youth violence and intolerance
Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation - Working against violence for peace
Stillpoint Theatre Collective - a community of Chicago artists who use theater to educate, inspire, and challenge our communities to action
Storycatchers Theatre - a youth development arts organization that prepares young people to make thoughtful life choices through the process of writing, producing, and performing original musical theatre inspired by personal stories
Strengthening Chicago's Youth - A group of private and public stakeholders that take a public health approach to violence prevention