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42nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival at the DuSable

The DuSable Museum of African American History’s “summer celebration” continues with the 42nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and July 10, 2016 from Noon until 10:00 p.m. each day. The Festival will take place at the Museum, located at 740 East 56th Place (57th Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue) in Chicago…and best of all, admission is FREE!

The annual DuSable Museum Arts & Crafts Festival is a showcase for local, national and international artists of fine art and unique hand-crafted work. Originated in 1974, the Festival features artists working in traditional, ethnic and experimental fine arts and crafts related to African American themes, history and culture. This year’s theme is Connecting Black Art & History-Celebrating Excellence, which honors the Festival and the Museum’s mission of preserving the history and culture of the African American experience.

“We are pleased to be presenting one of Chicago’s favorite summertime events, the DuSable Museum Arts & Crafts Festival, now in its 42nd year,” said Perri Irmer, Du-

Sable Museum President and CEO. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together, enjoy family and friends, and also visit the museum to see our exciting new exhibits, including Drapetomanis: Gru po Antillano and the Art of Afro Cuba, our beautiful Masterworks Gallery and Freedom, Resistance and the Journey Toward Equality.”

During the 42nd Annual DuSable Museum Arts & Crafts Festival guests may partake of offerings from fine artists, craft artists, a farmers market, food vendors, a marketplace, authors and the Miller-Coors Beer Garden. There will also be live entertainment, educational seminars, films and family activities, in addition to a special Children’s Pavilion. Scheduled Festival performers include:

Saturday, July 9, 2016 – V-103 Day – 12:00 NOON – D.J. Cisco; 1:00 PM – Red Clay Dance Company; 2:00 PM – Line Dancing with Fre 2 Dance; 3:00 PM – Jazz Vocalist – Cote Lind; 5:00 PM – The Javon Watson Experience; 7:00 PM – “Steppin’ at the Fest” featuring award-winning DJ’s, Casper, Sam Chatman, and Al Greer.

Sunday, July 10, 2016 – 1:00 PM – DJ Cisco; 2:00 PM – Oakdale Christian Academy Choir; 3:00 PM – New Generation Fancy Drill Team; 5:00 PM – Hector Silveira Orchestra; 7:00 PM – “Steppin’ at the Fest” with DJ Cisco & Special Guests T.L.Williams, Scarlett Parks and Warren Julian.

The 42nd Annual DuSable Museum Arts & Crafts Festival is sponsored by MillerCoors, V-103 Radio, Beyond Events and Porkchop. Admission to the Festival is FREE. (For a complete listing of entertainment and activities, visit the museum website at

About The DuSable Museum of African American History

The DuSable Museum of African American History is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the country. Our mission is to promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions and experiences of African American history, culture and art. The DuSable Museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. For more information on the Museum and its programs, please call 773-947-0600 or visit us at The Du- Sable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s partnership and also thanks United Airlines, the official airline of the DuSable Museum, for its support.


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