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As part of our commitment to support young artists in Chicago, Allstate is proud to empower the next generation of Allstate Stars.

Allstate Rising Star Makari Patterson
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Joffrey Ballet Community Engagement teen dancer Makari Patterson aims to inspire Chicago youth

Since being with Joffrey, Patterson has been able to channel her creativity and reassure herself of her accomplishments thus far.

Allstate Rising Star Isamary Medina.
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At 15, Isamary Medina is putting her Puerto Rican culture on display through music

Medina describes the cuatro as the instrument you would get if a guitar and violin had a baby, but the sound is much more like a mandolin that has 10 strings.

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At 17, Victor Luis Garcia sharing his passion for art with students, Art Institute patrons

Through an internship program, the ChiArts senior has been able to lead art-making activities, studio programs and workshops and create his own gallery tours at the AIC.

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At 14, Christian Ayala taking ballet to new heights, as a student and mentor

"I don’t even really have the words to describe it. It feels great when you dance because it’s a different world from your own," the budding dancer says.

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ChiArts senior Sarah Bonds making her mark in musical theater

The budding actress says seeing women and people of color in prominent roles on the stage has been nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Abad Viquez, 17, a senior at Senn High School, placed first in the qualifying rounds of the August Wilson Monologue Competition in Chicago.
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Theater, music open new worlds for gifted teen, budding actor Abad Viquez

"I hope my story motivates people to keep on going with their dreams," says the Senn High School senior.

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Young Chicago talents to take Millennium Park stage at YAS! showcase

Meet three innovative programs among the many preparing kids for the festival — and for a lifetime of expressing themselves with art.

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Oak Park River Forest senior Morgan Varnado puts words in motion

A veteran of more open mic and poetry slams than he can count, Varnado has unleashed his poems at venues ranging from the cavernous Auditorium Theatre to intimate black-box spaces way Off Loop. His words have earned him a spot at the Sept. 22 Chicago Youth Art Showcase Festival (YAS! Fest).

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African dance is deeply rooted in gifted young performer Aviwe DuBois

"Half way through a dance you can get super tired. But the audience energy gets you through," says the teen, who will perform at YAS! Fest 2018.

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With the South Shore Drill Team, DeSonni Hardge marching toward his dreams

Hardge, 16, practices about 24 hours a week. "When I first started, I was just glad to be there." Then he says, "I wanted to be one of the best." But the South Shore Drill Team is about far more than performing. "They're my family."

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16-year-old Daniela Reyes among Chicago’s Rising Star honorees at YAS! Fest

A junior at the Chicago High School for the Arts (CHSA), Reyes supplements a fully loaded academic schedule with upward of 20 hours a week of voice, acting and dance lessons. The award lauds youth from a variety of disciplines for exceptional talent and leadership abilities.