NORTH LAWNDALE — This year’s North Lawndale Arts Festival will the biggest and best yet, organizers say.
Now in its fourth year, the annual fest will bring together more art vendors, creative collaborations, food and music at the Douglas Park Cultural Center, 1401 S. Sacramento Ave., than in past years.
The fest was created to show the community there is a tremendous amount of talent in the neighborhood. The event will showcase the artists and small businesses of the West Side, with a focus on encouraging young people to get involved in the arts and entrepreneurship.
Art lovers will find vendors for every type of creative craft they can think of, from paintings to pottery. There will be wearable art including handmade jewelry, textiles, quilts and knitted clothing. Culinary creations will be available for purchase, courtesy of chefs based at the Hatchery, 35 N. Kedzie Ave.
The festival will also introduce “Douglass 18,” a youth-led project to remake the mini-golf course at Douglas Park with sculptures and obstacles designed by teenagers around a conservation theme.
The arts festival will also celebrate performance artists native to North Lawndale. Young people participating in programs at the Firehouse Community Arts Center, 2111 S. Hamlin Ave, will put on performances throughout the day in spoken word poetry, song and breakdancing.
The event starts at noon Aug. 3 and is organized by the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council’s arts and culture committee.
Pascal Sabino is a Report for America corps member covering Austin, North Lawndale and Garfield Park for Block Club Chicago.