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Why do we care about Shakespeare today?

As part of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Year of Creative Youth, CYS is hosting a creative contest for Chicago high school students!

Students are invited to create a piece of art that responds to the prompt "Why do we still care about Shakespeare today?". Any art form is accepted, from sonnets to spoken word, paintings to prose!

Email your submission with the subject line "CONTEST SUBMISSION" to (as an attachment, or send a link!).

Submission will be shared on CYS's social media to celebrate the enduring legacy of Shakespeare on the anniversary of his birth (and our fifth birthday, too)! Our favorites will be published on our website, and one first-place winner will win a cash prize of $100!

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Questions? Email us! We can't wait to see what you come up with!



4/10/2018 12:00 AM

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Chicago Youth Shakespeare
641 W Lake Street, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60661

The fault, dear Brutus, lies not within the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. - Julius Caesar, I, ii

The course of true love never did run smooth. - A Midsummer Night's Dream, I, i

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow. - Romeo and Juliet, II, ii

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so - Hamlet, II, ii

If music be the food of love, play on! - Twelfth Night, I, i

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. - Julius Caesar, II, ii

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. - The Tempest, IV, i

The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. - Merchant of Venice, IV, i