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Cara CarriveauCara “Cara’s Basement” Carriveau, NBC5 Street Team

Sure, Blues Fest is going on the weekend. But if you’ve been there/done that and would rather check out something different (but still cultural) there’s a WAY cool festival Saturday in the heart of Lincoln Park (corner of Webster Avenue and Larrabee) at Oz Park. There will be plenty of activities for children and adults including the Chicago Children’s Choir, The Jesse White Tumblers, The Old Town School of Folk Music…… plus much, much more.

In 16th-century Italy, beggars, using chalk on the plazas outside cathedrals, copied paintings of the Madonna by Raphael and his contemporaries. Through these street painters, an artistic tradition was born. Today, chalk festivals are celebrated throughout the world. Chalk Festival 2008 brings this Renaissance tradition to Chicago.

This fun-filled art festival benefits Art Therapy Connection (ATC). ATC provides mental health services to children and teenagers with limited or no access to help. ATC works to develop self-awareness and self-management skills in children and teenagers by integrating art with therapy to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. This year alone, ATC is proud to provide services to approximately 150 children and teenagers during the school year. Since it’s inception in 2002 ATC has empowered over 700 Chicago Public School children and teenagers.

If you’re an artist, please find it in your heart to donate your time to the Chalk Festival on Saturday. Or, if you would like to donate money, that’s cool. Maybe you’d dig volunteering. It’s all good – check out the details on how to help on the ATC website.

Thanks to ATC Board Of Directors member Christopher Campagna for turning me on to this unique event!

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