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Powerful Storytelling

March 18, 2019

Every youth that comes through the door at Express Yourself brings a unique story with them. For most of them, that story is full difficult experiences and struggles with mental illness – in fact,…

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Jeff Shade inspires confiDANCE!

March 18, 2019

Long time Express Yourself friend and collaborator Jeff Shade returned this week to kick off, or rather kick ball-change our way into performance season! An acclaimed New York based choreographer, Jeff never fails to…

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ExYo Youth Take On Set Design!

March 7, 2019

To offset the winter blues, ExYo Youth have been busy creating larger than life set pieces in preparation for our 25th Anniversary performance on May 23rd, 2019. Our youth work collaboratively, each person bringing…

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Wes Sam Bruce: Professional Kids at Play!

February 12, 2019

Last week, our youth had the magical opportunity to create with visual artist Wes Sam Bruce. A self described “professional kid” Wes transformed our studio into a creative play space. Over the entire day…

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Mentors Share Inspiring Stories At Friendraiser!

February 11, 2019

This past Saturday, our Express Yourself mentors shared inspiring personal success stories in front of over 100 friendraiser attendees.  Their powerful stories highlighted their strength and vulnerability as they shared how Express Yourself has…

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25th Anniversary Angels!

January 25, 2019

Our work at Express Yourself is built on a foundation of collaboration and community. Over the past 25 years we have built an incredible network of support that has allowed us to provide the…

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Youth Making Change!

January 14, 2019

In celebration of Express Yourself performing, and partnering with the Boch Center – Wang Theatre and Department of Mental Health for our “quarter” century performance on May 23, 2019, ExYo Youth designed their very…

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Straight from the Windy City, Molly Blumberg Returns!

January 11, 2019

Jumping into the new year, we welcome back an old friend & collaborator Molly Blumberg. Molly is a visual artist who specializes in sculptural handmade paper. She is currently working towards her MFA in…

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Special Guest: Astin Jay Stratoti

December 17, 2018

With the holidays just around the corner, ExYo welcomed local puppeteer and costume designer Astin Jay Stratoti into the studio for a full day of arts immersion with the kids. Astin’s work combines childhood…

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“Express Yourself” Kicks-Off 25th Anniversary Celebrations!

December 12, 2018

Co-chairs Debbie Ponn & Vicky Boylan celebrate ExYo25! To kick-off a year-long series of the 25th Silver Anniversary celebrations, Express Yourself hosted an open house “Friendraiser” on Friday, December 7th for over 100 guests,…

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