Sat., Aug. 24th & Sun, Aug 25th
11am to 7pm
Senior Citizens Memorial Park
2300 N Oakley/2300 W Lyndale
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The Bucktown Arts Fest is a non-profit, all volunteer-run, neighborhood celebration of the arts— with no corporate sponsorship. Admission is free. All proceeds from the Fest go to develop and support arts and education programming at Holstein Park and in the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhoods.
Now in its 28th year, the Bucktown Arts fest has grown to become a neighborhood tradition and one of the city’s – and the country’s – premier arts festivals showcasing close to 200 participating artists, plus countless musicians, dancers, poets & performers and attracting more than 30,000 visitors annually.
Each participating artist contributed $20 for printing and other costs, and got the word out as best they could with Joe (design) and Bob (lettering) collaborating on a poster advertising the event. Rodney’s wife, Carol Severino, played drums in a local band named The Subterraneans which played at the one-day event. A neighbor made and sold guacamole. Bob’s wife, Avis, was given the task of registering and assigning the artists to their places.
The group got permission and closed Oakley from Lyndale to Belden, and 20 artists set up exhibitions of their work in the street. The band set up in the amphitheater. People came by and were friendly and encouraging. At the wrap-up, Tony emphatically declared that “the art fair was a two-day event!”
In 1988, Bucktown Fine Arts became a non-profit organization with a mission to provide arts and education programming to the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhood, particularly at Holstein Park. Our special thanks goes out to Carol Miller Tarnoff, Diane Rodenberg Towber and Henry Seale for making this step possible.
The health and longevity of the Bucktown Arts Fest are possible thanks to the stewardship of Phil Mrozinski (past chair), Brian Mattson (past co-chair), Maria Mariottini, Kyle Carstensen (past president), Melissa Hellstern (current president) and the labor of countless other community representatives, committee members and volunteers.
Learn about the programming we sponsor
Mosaic at Holstein Park Every Tuesday and Thursday during summer camp, the Bucktown Arts Fest is providing arts education classes to the 200 Holstein Park Summer Camp kids, ages 6-12.
As part of the camp, the kids are designing and building a fantastic mosaic mural, which will be placed in the foyer of the Holstein Park fieldhouse and enjoyed for year’s to come. Stop by and take a look!
Other organizations and events funded by the Board in 2011 include:
Sculpture Fund Update
In 2005, to commemorate the Bucktown Arts fest’s 20th anniversary, a multi-year effort was launched to install a permanent sculpture in the soon-to-be renovated playground in Holstein Park. In 2011, after careful consideration, the Board decided to release these funds in order to use them to better meet the needs of the community, including a $25,000 donation to aid in the renovation project at Holstein Park.
Melissa Hellstern, President
Brett Mackie, Neighborhood Business Owner
Brian Peck, Neighborhood Representative
Tina Szklarzewski, Treasurer
Ryan Zoghlin, Artists’ Representative
Contact the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org
Artists – Melissa Hellstern
Children’s Activities – Lori Salinas
Food Vendors – Cecilie Broch
Kickoff Party – Connie Hinkle
Marketing & Distribution – Sarah Brick
Music – Rob Brookman (Main Stage) & Blake Beckstrom (New Jazz Roots Stage)
Not-For-Profit Coordinator – Katina Panagopoulos
Poetry – Emily Rose
Public Relations – Jeff Wolfe
Theatre & Dance – Cathleen Schandelmeier
Treasurer – Tina Szklarzewski
Volunteers – Laura Doede & Brett Mackie
Below is important information for neighbors about street closures and towing areas. If we can answer any questions or be of help, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
The following streets will be closed to non-fest related traffic from 4 a.m. on Saturday, August 27th through 10 p.m. on Sunday, August 28th:
City of Chicago tow trucks will begin towing from 4 AM SATURDAY (AUGUST 27) through 10 PM SUNDAY (AUGUST 28)
Cars parked within the following will be towed
Saturday, August 27th
Sunday, August 28th