The ninth annual Richmond Youth Peace Project Educoncert–Generation Dream 2014–commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, case Jr. will feature performances by talented teens throughout the Richmond region. This inspirational show is free and the public is invited to attend; youth groups are welcome.
Generation Dream 2014 has two shows scheduled in Richmond: Friday evening, February 7, 7 p.m. at the Richmond Public Library’s main branch, 101 E. Franklin St.; and Sunday afternoon, February 9, 3 p.m. at Maggie L Walker Governor’s School, 1000 N. Lombardy St. Both performances are free and open to the public. The performances are presented as part of Richmond’s annual Living the Dream community programs. The February 7 show is also a First Fridays’ event. This year, Generation Dream will also offer a third performance on Sunday, February 16, 3 p.m. at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg.
Generation Dream 2014 features talented young singers, dancers, instrumental musicians and spoken word artists. Performers also include: the G7 Jazz, members of the Richmond Youth Jazz Guild; Indian dance from Nrithya School of Kuchipudi Dance, as well as dance performances from Taaluma Youth Performance Company; The Daughters and Sons of Ezibu Muntu Dance Theatre; and Kayla Jones. The shows also will present songs from: Ashley James and Dornisia Smith; Jonathan Brown; Tara Srivastava and Rachael Hood; classical music performances by Pranay Vissa and several students from the VCU School of music. Generation Dream 2014 will also feature original spoken word performances presented by young poets from Open High School, Maggie Walker Governor’s School, and several other area high schools. Our youth performers will be supported by rap artists Kemistrii and Minista-V and activist/percussion performers Drums No Guns.
The Richmond Youth Peace Project (RYPP) is a program of the Richmond Peace Education Center. In addition to this annual concert, RYPP trains teens in conflict resolution techniques, promotes leadership as RYPP youth share those skills with other children and youth; and sponsors an annual Youth Peace Summit (scheduled for April 26, 2014) where teens participate in a variety of workshops promoting social justice, conflict resolution, leadership and positive self expression of the arts.