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Springfield Youth Performance Group (SYPG) was founded in the summer of 2005 as a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the performing arts. SYPG’s mission is to encourage and cultivate the artistically talented youth in our community by giving them the opportunity to perform thereby enhancing community awareness and appreciation of the performing arts. SYPG works toward this purpose by targeting excellence in stage performances, arts education, and youth-centered programming that is facilitated by professional artists.
The experience of performing in a large-scale production is a significant achievement and one every child should be given the chance to learn from and enjoy! Every child has unique gifts, and SYPG offers Central Illinois youth the chance to explore and enhance their own talents. We are a positive, nurturing, open organization that plants the seed for a life-long love of the arts. In addition, we are confident that SYPG can be a stepping stone for those who choose to pursue a more focused future in dance and theatre; we hope to pave the way for their excellence.
SYPG produces professionally-managed performances in the Springfield area that are appropriate for all audiences. We have been positively received by the Central Illinois region, and SYPG welcomes the opportunity to serve the community with youth performances for years to come. Research conducted by the Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation in 2002 reveals that those communities that invest in an overall vibrant arts community benefit from healthier economies, more jobs, less crime, and more highly engaged citizens of all ages. SYPG is proud to contribute to the local arts community and its positive impact on central Illinois’ quality of life.
SYPG’s guiding principles assist the organization in meeting its mission:
- We advocate the arts as fundamental to the human experience.
- We value, support, and seek to include a broad spectrum of people, cultures, and ideas.
- We strive for excellence in youth-centered programming and activities.
- We participate as responsible artists and citizens through volunteerism and outreach.
- We ensure an inclusive environment to encourage personal and artistic achievement.
- We pursue the highest standards of ethics and fairness in all activities.