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A Popular Chicago Art Festival Finds a New Home

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For nineteen years, Chicago’s Wicker Park has hosted an annual festival for undiscovered art. It’s known as Around the Coyote Fall Arts Festival. It features a variety of painters, sculptors and performance artists. This year, the two day festival moves to Chicago’s West Loop.

Allison Stites, director of the festival, says the goal is to make the event more professional.

STITES: We’re still heavily focused on the emerging arts and helping artists break into the art world. But we want to do that in a way that best serves them rather than getting caught up in crazy venue problems or disorganized presentation.

In Wicker Park, people weaved through streets, visiting several venues and outdoor spaces. Now, all the work will be together in Plumbers Hall, a massive convention space.

Stites says having one large area makes it easier for visitors to experience a wider variety of art. A move she says is much better for the artist as well.

For Chicago Public Radio, I’m Sarah Lange.

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