Devon Arts Festival: The Collaborative Palette Project

West Ridge celebrated the arts over the past few days, and what a celebration it was! The Collaborative Palette Project showcased talented artists, musicians, and dancers from our community, and residents enthusiastically responded. The project is part of Chicago Artists Month, observing its 20th Anniversary Year with the theme “The City as Studio.”

Welcome to The Collaborative Palette Project.

Welcome to The Collaborative Palette Project.

Festivities began on Thursday evening with an opening reception at Music House Academy of Music and dance. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend that program, but it held the promise of lively discussions centered around a renaissance of the arts in West Ridge. Event organizers included networking opportunities, exhibitions, and musical performances among the activities.

I did attend the  Collaborative Palette Project Art Walk on Sunday. Most of the activity had moved back to Music House by early afternoon, and it was easy to see why. We were treated to another spectacular performance by The Ravens, a rock trio of second-graders who cover hits from bands like the Rolling Stones and also compose their own music. They actually created a gaper’s block, with both east- and west-bound vehicles stopping to listen and take cell phone videos and pictures.

Some talented young artists helped create a collaborative work of art that’s a joy to see.

Thanks to Richard Trumbo, President of the West Ridge Chamber of Commerce and owner of Music House Academy of Music and Dance, and his staff for organizing this event.

I can’t wait to see what they have planned for next year!


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