Generation Dream Gives Youth a Platform

Final Performance of Generation Dream 2016

Join us Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3pm at Huguenot High School.

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Timed during Black History Month, the Generation Dream production gives young people a platform to make their voices heard and to express themselves creatively about critical community issues.

“Our community faces critical issues — from gun violence to police brutality to racial, ethnic, political, economic and religious divisions,” said Peace Center director Adria Scharf. “Young people are thirsty for opportunities take part in building a better future for themselves and their community. Our region’s youth need opportunities to be part of positive change.”

In Generation Dream 2016, talented youth and adult artists will perform original poems, music and dance pieces. All of the performance pieces are crafted to honor in some way the legacy and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many of the performance pieces touch on urgent community issues. The production also showcases some of the great cultural diversity of our region. Generation Dream 2016 will be thought-provoking, moving, and inspirational.

The show is free. (Donations welcome.) The public is encouraged to attend. No RSVP is required. Groups are welcome. Family friendly.

The first two shows were February 5  and February 7.

  • The final show is scheduled for Sunday, February 21, 3 p.m. at the new Huguenot High School auditorium, 7945 Forest Hill Ave., in Richmond.

Generation Dream 2016 will feature “I AM,” a powerful performance piece on gun violence performed by teen leaders from the Richmond Youth Peace Project. (This same piece was performed on January 18 at Capital Square, as part of the annual Lobby Day for sensible gun laws, sponsored by the Virginia Center for Public Safety.) Among this year’s other performers will be Taaluma Youth Performance Company, City Singers, Dance Interface (Appomattox Regional Governor’s School), Off the Cuff (UR a cappella group), Zion’s Voice Gospel Choir, classical Indian dance groups, Drums No Guns, and many more!

For over a decade the Richmond Youth Peace Project (RYPP)–the Peace Center’s program for teens–has presented this forum for talented young musicians, singers, dancers and spoken word artists.

The program is a collaboration with Drums No Guns.

This program is made possible by support from the CultureWorks grant program championed by Altria, the Robins Foundations, and individual and faith community donors to the Richmond Peace Education Center.

For information call the Richmond Peace Education Center at 804-232-1002, visit the Peace Center website,, or email

Help us spread the word:  Download a Generation Dream 2016 poster!