Join Us for Generation Dream 2018, Feb. 2 and 11

Join the Peace Center for Generation Dream 2018 this February

Now well into its second decade, Generation Dream offers the opportunity for a diverse cast of talented young people to make their voices heard during Black History Month. Richmond area youth are concerned about issues of social justice, and hope for a future in which young people of all backgrounds can flourish.

Through Generation Dream 2018, talented youth and supporting adult artists perform original poems, music and dance pieces. All performances honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and vision of peace, nonviolence and social justice. This family-friendly event is free and the public is invited. Donations to support the Peace Center’s programs will be gratefully accepted. No RSVP is required. Groups are welcome.

This year’s shows are scheduled for:

 —Friday, February 2, 7 p.m., at the Richmond Public Library’s downtown branch, 101 E. Franklin St., Richmond VA 23219.

–Sunday, February 11, 5:30 p.m., at VCU’s Grace Street Theater, 934 W. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23220. This performance is co-sponsored by the VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Generation Dream 2018 will be thought-provoking, moving, and inspirational. It includes performances by members of the Richmond Youth Peace Project leadership team and the newly established Jackson Ward Peace Team. Many of the performances touch on urgent community issues. The production also showcases some of the great cultural diversity of our region.

Also performing will be the University of Richmond a cappella group Off the Cuff, singers Odessa Hott, Kyra Trice and Shayla Winn, and dance ensembles from Binford Middle School, River City Dance and Performing Arts Theatre and Dance Interface from the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School.

Included among this year’s performers will also be piano prodigy Axel Obregon, classical Indian dance groups, and, as always, our partner and leader of the finale, Drums No Guns!

For more than a dozen years, the Richmond Youth Peace Project (RYPP)–the Peace Center’s program for teens–has presented these performances in collaboration with Drums No Guns. “Especially in today’s challenging political climate, many young people are eager to help build a better future for themselves and their communities. Our region’s youth are leading the way,” says Peace Center director, Dr. Adria Scharf.

For more information call the Peace Center at 804-232-1002, or email

You can see video of pervious years’ performances on the Peace Center’s Youtube Channel