ArtsAlive! Community Festival Brings the Arts to Life on Chicago's North Side

Largest Festival North of Addison Celebrates Music, Culinary and Fine Arts

The Disney II Education Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to promoting quality education at the Disney II Magnet School on Chicago's northwest side, will kick-off the first-ever ArtsAlive! one-day festival on Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 3-10 p.m. in the historical Old Irving Park neighborhood. The festival will showcase an unprecedented range of interactive, hands-on family activities celebrating music, culinary and fine arts.

Located at the 3800 Block of North Kedvale Ave, near Irving Park Road and Pulaski Avenue, adjacent to the Disney II Magnet School, the already popular area will transform into an arts festival to be enjoyed by families throughout the Chicago area. Attendees will enjoy culinary demonstrations from Chicago's top chefs, freshly prepared Chicago-style food from popular restaurants such as Smoque and LaVilla and a children's tent full of fun activities that make the arts come alive.

The most highly anticipated activities of the festival are the notable musical performances including:

3 p.m.:
Super Stolie offers a high-energy, interactive music performance for kids with both traditional songs and catchy originals from Stolie's children's album. Sing-alongs, dancing, instruments, bubbles and high fives will be all around. Super Stolie has amassed audience throughout Chicago for more than 20 years

4:30 p.m.:
Funkadesi represents the diverse multi-ethnic communities within Chicago by offering a unique and uncompromised cultural/musical contributions from each member to create one unifying sound and vision.

6:30 p.m.:
d'Go-Beat, featuring Rick Neuhaus, are a rambunctious, infectious, interactive rhythm ensemble that inspires it's audiences up and out of their own seats, dancing upon their feet, shaking their money-makers, handing out all manner of percussive shakers to all who are the most willing takers.

8 p.m.:
American English, who is headlining the ArtsAlive! Event, is simply the best Beatle tribute band hands down. Voted "number one" by thousands of Beatle fans nationwide, American English has also won Illinois Entertainer of the Year and have been voted "Best Tribute Band" three of the last four years by their fans in the Chicagoland area. Their demand, coupled with their spectacular fan base, has helped launch them into larger venues and theatres worldwide.

Adding to the festival will be singing, dancing, theatre and drama classes for children from ARCC Ballet, Odradek Theatre Company, Creative Drama and Setting the Stage. Kids will also experience hands-on activities with puppets from The Insider Out Art Studio, arts and crafts from The Easle, robot technology from Robot City and evening stargazing using a giant telescope from Dale Heminover.

"Old Irving Park has a long-tradition of history and when combined with Disney II Magnet School's focus on arts and technology, it is the ideal location to premiere what will undoubtedly be more than a traditional art festival, but an ultimate art experience the entire family will enjoy," said Tiffany Owen, chairman of the Disney II Education Foundation and team leader of the ArtsAlive! Committee. "This is one of the only programs in the country that truly allows visitors to rock the arts, taste the arts and make the arts."

ArtsAlive! is conveniently located near the CTA blue line, Metra and along several bus routes. Admissions to ArtsAlive! is $10.00 for adults before 6p.m. Kids are free. After 6 p.m., tickets cost $15.00 at the door. Proceeds from the event support the invaluable extended learning program at Disney II Magnet School.

For more information on the event, visit www.artsalivechicago.com or email Tiffany Owen at tiffany.owen@gmail.com or call Eileen Schnepff at 773-534-5785. ArtsAlive! can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ArtsAliveChicago.