Launch party for Walgreens Expressions Challenge – Sept. 15

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A collage of artwork from some of the student artist participating in the Walgreens Expressions Challenge.

4U ByU, which culminates National Arts in Education week, is the official launch party for the Walgreens Expressions Challenge. The event is Saturday, September 15, 2018 and runs from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 2112 CHICAGO, 4245 N. Knox Avenue, Chicago.

4U ByU will feature art from over 100 teen artists in the categories of Creative Writing, Visual Arts and Multimedia all curated by local Chicago teens driven by their love for the arts and making a difference. Also to enjoy will be music, live performances, appetizers and activities to make for a fun interactive evening. We will have prizes for the entire family like Walgreens Gift Cards, Gas Cards, Polaroid Cameras, Six Flags Prize Packs, Spa Certificates and so much more.

The Walgreens Expressions Challenge is for high school teens in grades 9 – 12 that motivates them to voice their opinions on bullying, self-esteem, sexual responsibility, abstinence, sexting, cyber bullying, STD prevention and teen pregnancy.

Entrants are able to submit in three categories: creative writing, media arts and multimedia/visual arts. The contest runs from October 1 – November 30, 2018 and the offers students the opportunity to win a $2,000 1st place prize or a $1,250 2nd place prize in each category. Participation in the Walgreens Expressions Challenge also provides students with an opportunity to have their work publicly showcased through a traveling art show that visits schools and organizations across the metropolitan area. Winners from previous years have noted that the Walgreens Expressions Challenge has given them a chance to share what they are passionate about through their creativity and talents.

4U ByU is being celebrated in Chicago as a part of National Arts in Education Week. Research shows that youth who participate in the arts are more likely to be successful in school, college and career than those who did not have an education. The arts provide a pathway to success for all students. National Arts in Education Week was designated by a Congressional Resolution to bring attention to the cause of arts education for elected officials, educational decision makers and to support equitable access to the arts for all.

Parents, teachers and community leaders are asked to encourage Chicago teens from all over the city to enter the 2018 Walgreens Expressions Challenge. For more information about the 4U ByU launch party please go to https:/ 4ubyu.eventbrite.com. For more about the Walgreens Expressions Challenge visit www.expressionschallenge.com.

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