On the beautiful weekend of September 7 & 8, 2013 the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (IPRAC) celebrated the 11th edition of Barrio Arts Fest (BAF13). This weekend-long celebration featured the talent of over 40 artists, musical and spoken-word performances, and art educational workshops. For many years BAF has been dedicated to promote the vibrant creative community of Humboldt Park.
In addition to the Arts market, the festival guests enjoyed performances by Las Bompleneras, Frankie’s People, Elizette Trujillo, Pocket Circus and AfriCaribe. Also joining this celebration were the poets: Maya Barros Odim, Eduardo Arocho, Luis Tubens and Dream aka Laura Nieves. Trailer Park Projects also cherished the scene with their unique educational offerings. Artists such as Kristine Serbia and Lebster Pabon offered a book making and kite workshop, respectively, sponsored by Trailer Park Projects. In addition a creative writing workshop was hosted by artist Boca Floja and sponsored by Batey Urbano. This year the festival celebrated its first Runway show on IPRAC’s main gallery sponsored by Alerav.
Barrio Arts Fest 2013 was possible by the generous support of Trailer Park Proyects, Chicago Park District, Chicago Community Trust and the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture. For more information about this event and IPRAC’s programming visit our website at www.iprac.org or facebook.com/iprac, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 773.486.8345.
by Brenda Torres