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March 13, 2002 Press Contact: Sabrina Miller
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New Hyde Park-University of Chicago Arts Fest to showcase neighborhood’s diverse cultural offerings

This summer, people from all over Chicago will have the chance to explore the broad range of cultural opportunities in Hyde Park.

At the Hyde Park-University of Chicago Arts Fest, to be held Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, a free trolley system will link more than 20 neighborhood arts institutions. Visitors can take in a theater performance or an art film, listen to classical music or poetry readings, see ancient sculptures or contemporary photography–then hop on the trolley and try something completely different.

The festival includes the 57th Street Art Fair, the oldest juried art fair in the Midwest, and the Hyde Park Community Art Fair, which features work by local artists.

Several organizations will sponsor special programming. Court Theatre and the University of Chicago Presents (the University’s classical music series) will collaborate on a cabaret performance. More special events, including programs for children, will be announced later in the spring.

Admission is free at many of the museums and galleries, including the DuSable Museum of African-American History (Sunday only), Hyde Park Art Center, Hyde Park Historical Society, Oriental Institute Museum, the Renaissance Society, and the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art.

Visitors can park for free at the University of Chicago, then take the trolley around the neighborhood. The trolley will stop at or near all participating organizations, as well as major shopping areas.

The Hyde Park-University of Chicago Arts Fest is a collaborative effort by the 57th Street Art Fair, Blue Gargoyle, Chicago Storytelling Guild, Court Theatre, DOC Films, the DuSable Museum of African-American History, Hyde Park Art Center, Hyde Park Community Art Fair, Hyde Park Historical Society, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, Hyde Park School of Ballet, Museum of Science and Industry, Neighborhood Writing Alliance, the Oriental Institute Museum, the Renaissance Society, the Robie House, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago Library, University of Chicago Presents, University of Chicago Press, University Theater, and WHPK.

The arts festival is sponsored by the University of Chicago, with assistance from the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and Alderman Leslie Hairston’s 5th Ward Office.

 

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