Arts in Action: Home for the Holidays

Saturday, December 10, 2022
4:30 - 6pm, The Baskes Rotunda, Alice Center
170 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60601

From A Christmas Carol to Oliver Twist, the works of Charles Dickens have always defended the dignity of the poor and condemned the systems that contribute to poverty. But with 65,000 individuals experiencing homelessness in Chicago each year, what might Dickens write about our city today?

On December 10, join State Representative Will Guzzardi, Niya Kelly (Director State Legislative Policy, Equity and Transformation, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless), Susan Reyna-Guerrero (Executive Director, Covenant House) and Neena Arndt (Resident Dramaturg, Goodman Theatre) as they tackle this question and discuss the actions Goodman audiences can take to support our most vulnerable neighbors during this holiday season and beyond.

Tickets are FREE with reservations.

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Moderator

  • APRIL HARRIS

    APRIL HARRIS

Panelists

  • NEENA ARNDT

    NEENA ARNDT

  • WILL GUZZARDI

    REP. WILL GUZZARDI

  • NIYA KELLY

    NIYA KELLY

  • MATT MARTIN

    ALD. MATT MARTIN

  • SUSAN REYNA-GUERRERO

    SUSAN REYNA-GUERRERO

  • MAXICA WILLIAMS


 

Partners

  • Located on the west side of Chicago, Covenant House Illinois provides youth (ages 18-24) experiencing homelessness with shelter and safety, trust and community, and a better tomorrow. CHIL provides a safe harbor and full continuum of wraparound supportive services to Chicago's most vulnerable populations. CHIL's programs and services meet the physical, emotional, and educational well-being of young people, as they build their path to independence.

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  • Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

    Since 1980, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless has followed a clear mission: “We organize and advocate to prevent and end homelessness, because we believe housing is a human right in a just society.” As a systemic advocacy nonprofit, CCH leads strategic campaigns, community outreach, and policy initiatives that target lack of affordable housing and other root causes of homelessness across Chicago and Illinois. We also increase access to public schools, human services, and job and housing opportunities for all. By combining community organizing, policy advocacy, and legal aid, CCH strives to center the expertise of people with lived experience to build power and make change.

    To maintain our independent voice, CCH does not accept government funding. When we advocate for public support, it is for programs, housing, and services for people who are homeless or at-risk. We recognize that homelessness stems from systemic racism, which is embedded in all structures and institutions, including organizations like ours. CCH is committed to advancing racial equity in the workplace through the work of our racial equity committee and through the campaigns and initiatives we lead.

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A Christmas Carol

Celebrating 45 years of holiday magic—experience the "perfect Chicago holiday tradition" (Chicago Parent) that has delighted nearly two million theatergoers.

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