PullmanArts And Culture Fest bringing artists and musicians to Far South Side this weekend

PULLMAN — A neighborhood art walk that once took place in front of Pullman homes is turning into a full-fledged arts and culture festival this weekend.

The PullmanArts and Culture Fest takes place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday through Sunday at Arcade Park, 11132 S. St. Lawrence Ave. The free event will feature more than 40 vendors, more than 20 musicians performing throughout the day, and food trucks, including Mexican restaurant Tacos Sublime.

“We’re really excited for people to know that they can just show up in one place, and it’ll all be there, that they can enjoy music while enjoying a wide range of art, art visual, performing arts, etc,” said PullmanArts board member and volunteer Soren Spicknall. “We think…it’s going to be a great time.”

Credit: Oscar Sanchez
An artist spray paints a piece during the PullmanArts and Culture Fest in 2021.

This year marks the second time volunteers have held the event, Spicknall said. He and other organizers wanted to expand its reach and market the Arts and Culture Festival as a large-scale festival.

“People were selling art from the porches, and it was several blocks away, but we wanted to get everyone in one place in the park this year, to bring as many eyes and visitors to the art of everyone and also so everyone can enjoy music in one place,” Spicknall said.

The festival is sponsored by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Musical guests include artists from spoken word and house music, as well as R&B, jazz, reggaeton and other genres, organizers said.

Here is the musical program:

Saturday

  • Noon: M’Reld Greene
  • 1 p.m.: Jessica Ivey
  • 2 p.m.: Cepilloa Band
  • 3 p.m.: Jovan Landry
  • 4 p.m.: Aggregation
  • 5 p.m.: Mama Yaya
  • 6 p.m.: Aniba & Sol Starz
  • 7:00 p.m.: J Grant Experience

Sunday

  • Noon: Duane Powell
  • 1 p.m.: The Qombo
  • 2 p.m.: The Chicago Soul Jazz Collective
  • 3 p.m.: Anna Marlow
  • 4 p.m.: Joe Rendon
  • 5 p.m.: Erthe St James
  • 6 p.m.: Lowdown Brass Band
  • 7 p.m.: New Black Renaissance

Pullman Arts volunteer board member Ellen Kaulig said diversifying the music was a priority for organizers this year. Residents who enjoyed last year’s event asked organizers if the music could better reflect the many bands that call Pullman home, Kaulig said.

“We try to reflect more of the diversity of the community,” Kaulig said. “Everyone deserves to feel seen and heard at community events.”

Meagan McNeal, singer and volunteer board member of PullmanArts, launched a listening campaign to get feedback from community members on what music they liked and disliked when she finalized the lineup of this year.

“Although most of the feedback we received was very positive, one area for improvement…was that people would like to see more Latin bands and also salsa,” McNeal said.

Credit: Oscar Sanchez
Artist vendors will sell handmade art, crafts, vintage clothing and homemade goods like honey this weekend in Pullman.

Artists will sell their work at a vendor’s fair, along with paintings, crafts and other handmade items, Spicknall said. There will be homemade items, locally produced honey and vintage clothes for sale, he said.

PullmanArts board members hope the arts and culture festival can continue to be a big annual showcase amid smaller gallery shows and other neighborhood events, Spicknall said. Organizers said the South Siders shouldn’t have to travel far to enjoy the city’s arts and cultural events.

“It’s all a labor of love to just celebrate the South Side,” Kaulig said. “It really is a time of celebration and joy, so come hungry and prepare to hear an amazing set of music and the artists will be right next to the music. So you can stroll, shop and support while you listen. We’re really excited about it.

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