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Art Festival with a Twist

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Artists often pay to be in an art festival. But the Barrio Arts Fest pays its artists to get involved.

The festival brings artists together to teach hands-on lessons about their crafts. The aim is to educate people about traditional and modern Puerto Rican culture.

Jorge Felix is Program Director for the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. He started the festival.

FELIX: Artists are not just selling their work they are asked to do demonstrations and engage the public. It’s a really engaging experience for everybody, from children to adults

Felix says all of the artists are from the Humboldt Park community.

Activities include silk-screening t-shirts, drum lessons and silver ring design.

This marks the fifth year of the Barrio Arts Fest.

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