A fest by the community, for the community – all proceeds from the volunteer-run Bucktown Arts Fest go to fund, develop and support arts and education programming at Holstein Park and in local Bucktown/Wicker Park classrooms. Here’s where the money goes:

Since 2011, the classes we have sponsored at Holstein Park are available for the Fall, Winter and Spring Sessions. They are 10 weeks, once a week, either afterschool or in the evening.

To register:
For art classes, stop by Holstein Park at 2200 N Oakley or call (312) 742-7554.

For music classes, contact Bucktown Music (773) 904-7226 or luis@bucktownmusic.com

Classes include (times and days are subject to change):

Open Studio & Painting Class for Adults with Connie Hinkle
Mondays – 6:30 – 8:30

Kid’s Afterschool Open Studio & Painting Class (Ages 8-13) with Connie Hinkle
Mondays – 3:30 – 5:30

Adult Guitar Class with Bucktown Music
Mondays – 6:15 to 7:10 pm

Rock Band with Bucktown Music
Ages 7-18
In this program, students will have the opportunity to work in a band set up where they can be exposed to new instruments and learn teamwork. Students will be grouped by age and experience. A performance will be scheduled at the end of the 10 week session where students will showcase their new skills for family and friends. Available instruments are voice, piano, drums, guitar and bass. No experience necessary.

Class Schedules:
– Advanced Rock Band – Mondays – 5:15 to 6-10 pm
– Beginner Rock Band – Wednesdays 4:15 to 5:10 pm
– Advanced Rock Band – Wednesdays 5:15 to 6:10 pm


Each summer, we serve 200 day campers ages 6-13 with new and exciting ways to experience and create art during the 8-week Summer Day Camp program at Holstein Park. Learn more about the Summer Day Camp mosaic

mosaic at Holstein Park fieldhouse

Mosaic made by Summer Day Camp kids at Holstein Park fieldhouse













In addition to our programming at Holstein Park, we make arts education donations to local classrooms such as Pulaski International School of Chicago, A. N. Pritzker School, Chicago International Charter School – Bucktown and Goethe Elementary. See a complete list of projects we have helped fund

Here’s what the teachers have to say:

Dear Bucktown Arts Fest,
It makes me so happy to see that you care so much about the students of Pulaski and the strengthening of their music education. This will mean so much to the students once they hear about this. They were already so excited to hear about the Donors Choose program, but to see such quick results from a generous donor will leave them speechless.

Since you are so close to our school, this will not be the last time you hear from the Pulaski band and music program. This will be the beginning of a great relationship!

With gratitude,
Mr. G

Dear Bucktown Arts Fest,First and foremost I want to thank you for your awesome donation!!! Because of your donation we were able to provide many new books for my classroom. My students love every one of the new books they have received. The smiles on their faces when I told showed them all the books were priceless. They couldn’t wait to get their little hands on them!The books you donated will add a sparkle to our current library. Reading can open up new worlds and enrich children’s lives. Reading can provide children with plenty of good, clean fun !
With gratitude,
Ms. Wayland
Dear Bucktown Arts Fest,

I am so touched by your generous donations. You have tremendously impacted my classroom in such a positive way. The children were so excited when I opened the box in the classroom. Their eyes grew bigger when we set the center up together. This center is one of the most popular in our classroom. The children love to have a place to go to to listen to stories. They are able to turn the pages themselves and follow along with the words. They are experiencing pure joy in this center.We listen to the story as a whole group. Then, the story is placed in the new listening center for the children to listen to it. My students are empowered to develop and enhance their own literacy skills.
With gratitude,
Mrs. Markson

See what we funded after the 2014 fest


Other organizations we regularly support include:

  • Best in Show Artists Awards – 3 awards annually
  • Effie Award for Theater or Dance
  • Zephyr Dance, Artist in Residence at Holstein Park
  • Friends of Holstein Park, including a $25,000 pledge to their renovation project at Holstein Park
  • Individual multidisciplinary artists through our annual Poster Contest and Best in Show Awards

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