Teens Take Over Heritage Festival Stage
Monday, August 22, 2016
The 11th annual Noise Permit Teen Concert will take the stage as part of the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 27, 2016. This show has been assembled by teens for teens in previous years and will continue its successful streak.
Ozone House has been hosting the show for over a decade, and last year merged with the Ypsilanti District Library’s Shout It Out teen concert to create a community-wide teen performance. The two organizations won a grant to hire four teen summer interns to produce and publicize the show.
There is more to the show than youth performances. “This show has a larger meaning for me” says, Zakiyyah Rahman, a noise permit youth intern. “When our community leaders hire teen interns to lead a show, it shows that youth voices are a priority.” These teens attend the workshops, create the show’s logo every year, engage with the youth of the community to create a victorious production, and more.
Youth from all over Ypsilanti join together at the library and Ozone to engage in workshops and activities to provide a place for youth to practice their natural talents and apply the skills they learn to share with the community at Noise Permit.
“Noise Permit has been a safe place for young people to congregate and express themselves,” says Scott Phillips, Youth Employment Coordinator at the Ozone House Drop-in center.
Adults aren’t the only ones noticing Noise Permit’s safe environment. One former Noise Permit performer who goes by the name Majeed, commented that the show had “Great vibes, energy was great, everyone was supportive, felt safe.”
Noise Permit Schedule
2-4:30pm: hands-on teen workshops including henna art and poetry
4:30-5pm: The Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra Jazz Band will open the Teen Stage
5-7pm: Teen concert that includes singing, rapping, jazz bands, instrumentalists, and more.
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Rehearsals for Noise Permit will be on the 18th and 25th of August located at the downtown Ypsilanti Library on Michigan Avenue.
The concert and teen internship programs were made possible with the financial support of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. MCACA New Leaders funding has allowed the library to provide learning and youth leadership opportunities in the arts, as well as an annual end-of-summer stage show produced by Ypsilanti youth, for four consecutive years.
Head of Youth Services