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Barrett Keithley

African Festival Of The Arts is Celebrating and adding Spotlight on Barrett Keithley a multi-disciplined artist. He creates works of art that speaks to the story of his upbringing on Chicago’s south side known as the “Wild Hundreds.” He began creating to bring and create resources for his community. He started his platform  Crown B Studios to aid in the

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Drum Village

Celebrating The Drum!. The Dance. The Experience, an exploration of the influence African and African-American heritage had on the cultural arts in Chicago for more than 40 years. This pavilion showcases interactive music education sessions and cultural performances rooted in African traditions; historical artifacts, photos; performances; and demonstrations by artistic Drummers and Dancers from around the world. Master drummers Olu

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Market

Our rich and authentic Marketplace offerings attract national attention.  The African Festival of the Arts is the mission sustaining program for Africa International House: “...that exposes and educates all peoples to the individual works and collective contributions of African cultures. …” All products and/or services offered for sale or presented at the festival must support and reflect this intent. We are

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African Spiritual & Ancestral Grove

The African Festival of the Arts was founded to celebrate the collective ancestry and rich cultural traditions of Africans throughout the Diaspora. The general belief of "we are because they (our ancestors) were" was the impetus for creating a venue where our ancestors could be venerated through the art created by their descendants. The Ancestral Grove is the spiritual center

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