The Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP) is a group of LGBTQ-identified, street-based young-people who heal, educate, and create art by telling their stories through theater and dance.
YEPP is currently working on its new production: FACES. This production looks at the different faces that society and systems have defined for the ensemble members versus the different faces they strive to build and present for themselves. In FACES we address experiences the young people have had such as: homelessness, spiritual struggles, police brutality, suicide, trans physical-emotional development, drug use, physical and emotional abuse, HIV stigma, queer liberation, and many others.
In order to make this production happen, we are currently fundraising through our Kickstarter Campaign. We would invite you to support us either through a monetary donation or passing this information to the networks your fierce organization has in place.
Jason Stieber, our national collector, recently visited with artist Gerda Meyer Bernstein at her studio in Chicago. Meyer Berstein, pictured here, seated in the chair, was a founding member of ARC (Artists, Residents of Chicago), 1973, a non-profit membership-governed feminist gallery. Ingrid Fassbender, her dealer, is standing behind her. Meyer Berstein’s papers have connections to many other artists including Nancy Spero, Leon Golub, and Vera Clement, whose papers are already in our collection. During their visit, she showed Jason this piece of hers entitled Gaza Tunnel.