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August 26, 2014   

Press Contact: Rose DiPietro
Phone: 312-735-0351
Email: rose@rosyevents.com

Festival Coordinator: Lynn Basa
Phone: 773-289-3616
Email: lynnbasa@lynnbasa.com

AVONDALE COMMUNITY EVENT HONORED AS FEATURED PROGRAM FOR CHICAGO ARTISTS MONTH

A Day in Avondale: A Homemade Festival selected as one of only 12 events.

A Day in Avondale: A Homemade Festival has been selected as the kick off featured event for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Event’s Chicago Artists Month. An honor bestowed on only 12 of the nearly 200 Chicago Artists Month events, A Day in Avondale was selected due to its artistic excellence, diversity, and spirit of collaboration.

“Although only in its third year, A Day in Avondale has been met with increased enthusiasm from community members, local artists, and area businesses,” says Emily Taylor, president of the Avondale Neighborhood Association. “The collaborations that have resulted from this event make A Day in Avondale unlike any other Chicago neighborhood festival and we are honored to have been selected for Chicago Artists Month.”

This one of a kind event will take place on Saturday, September 27, from 11am to 6pm and include more than 25 installations and performances on Milwaukee Avenue between Kimball and Central Park. Highlights of the event include:

 

  • A Sofrito Cooking Workshop by CAM featured artist and curator Jorge Felix, intended to engage the audience through participation, aroma and dialogue.
  • Abstract, Edible Sculptures created by La Farine Bakery’s classically trained master pastry chef.
  • “Art 2Go,” an interactive collaborative installation outside Hairpin Arts Center featuring a menu of original art for sale in a range of prices.
  • Live Music outside Moe’s Tavern
  • A Pop-up Herb Garden and kid-friendly gardening classes presented by Mindful Living.

 

For more information about the festival, visit http://www.adayinavondale.com. A Day in Avondale is produced by The Avondale Neighborhood Association in partnership with Elastic Arts, Hairpin Arts Center, Voice of the City, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Basa Projects, Unity Park Advisory Council, La Farine Bakery, Inch and Mile as well as other local artists and businesses.

 

About The Avondale Neighborhood Association:

The Avondale Neighborhood Association (ANA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that represents the common interest of the community members with regard to community development, preservation of diversity, enhancement of quality of life, safety and property values.

 

About Chicago Artist Month

The 18th annual Chicago Artists Month (CAM) is a month-long festival that celebrates the creativity in every Chicago neighborhood during the month of October. CAM is a platform for Chicago-based artists and performers working in all media to promote and showcase their work, initiate collaborations and engage new audiences. CAM is a program of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Park District and numerous community partners.

 

 

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July Press Release

A DAY IN AVONDALE: A HOMEMADE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES ITS THIRD YEAR

A grassroots event showcases the uniquely Avondale arts scene.

The highly anticipated A Day In Avondale returns Saturday, September 27 from 11 am to 6pm in a new, pedestrian friendly location along Milwaukee Avenue between Kimball and Central Park. The 2014 festival theme is “Homemade,” transforming Milwaukee Avenue into various rooms of a home made by, for, and about the community in this free-admission, family friendly event.

Visitors will enjoy live music performed on the “Front Porch” at the new Woodard Plaza, authentic sofrito making lessons in the “Kitchen” at the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, and “The Story Attic,” an installation and performance presented by Voice of the City that explores what might be found in the attic of someone who was an important part of local history. Dozens of other never before seen art experiences will be announced.

“Chicago is known as ‘a city of neighborhoods’,” says local artist and event producer Lynn Basa. “so we started by asking ourselves how we could create an art event that builds on what makes us unique: A rich Polish history, Hispanic presence and emerging multicultural art studios? As we met with local art groups to brainstorm the festival, we realized that our street is like a big house with many rooms and the theme developed from there. We are welcoming the rest of Chicago to our home. “

Unlike typical festivals, A Day in Avondale is being produced in a grassroots style with events developed by and featuring local businesses, arts organizations and independent artists.

“It is important to us that the street not be closed off to make room for outside vendors at this event”, says Emily Taylor of the Avondale Neighborhood Association. “We want visitors to personally experience the spaces we have and get a true representation of our neighborhood.”

To that end, each component of the event is designed to represent a piece of the working class heritage or art revolution of Avondale. The festival will also showcase the neighborhood’s diversity through a communitywide yard and sidewalk sale.

2014 A Day In Avondale Highlights Include:

• “The Story Attic” by Voice of the City at studio 2912

• A home video festival on the bank of televisions at the Famsa furniture store

• Political discussions web cast from the bars Podhale Club and Podhale Tavern

• Carnival games invented by artists at the Hairpin Arts Center

• A sofrito-making workshop by Jorge Felix at PRAA

• Large abstract sculptures made out of chocolate by the pastry chef at La Farine

• Live bands in front of Moe’s Tavern

• The Elastic Arts Culture Coach

A Day in Avondale is produced by The Avondale Neighborhood Association in partnership with Basa Projects, Voice of the City, Elastic Arts, Hairpin Arts Center, Moe’s Tavern, Sofrito, Rosy Events, La Farine Bakery, Inch and Mile, Chrzan, Unity Park Advisory Council, Lion vs Gorilla vs LAWN Gallery, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, LSNA, Mindful Living Garden, Tacos Tequilla and other local artists and businesses.

Press Contact: Rose DiPietro
312-735-0351
Email: rose@rosyevents.com

Festival Coordinator: Lynn Basa
Phone: 773-289-3616
Email: lynnbasa@lynnbasa.com

About The Avondale Neighborhood Association:

The Avondale Neighborhood Association (ANA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that represents the common interest of the community members with regard to community development, preservation of diversity, enhancement of quality of life.

 

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