Albany Park is a diverse area filled with bright colors, flashy stores, vendors selling fruit from the back of beat-up pickup trucks, and graffiti art on local businesses and building walls. The pulse of zip code 60625 beats fast with many opportunities to experience clashing cultures’ ideas of art and entertainment.
The Albany Park Theater Project (APTP) is a way for the real-life struggles of Albany Park’s residents to be turned into shared art. On their website the company describes themselves as a “multiethnic youth theater ensemble that inspires people to envision a more just and beautiful world… [APTP] creates original theater that shares the real-life stories of urban teens, immigrants, and working-class Americans.” The blog for this organization is written by David Feiner, the producing artistic director, who states his belief that we are all storytellers. Feiner explains that this is a new project and asks for patience from outsiders, saying “We’re making a new play right now, even as we launch this blog. We promise to get the hang of it and to make this a meaningful place for you to spend some of your time.” Through their theater they hope to improve the quality of life in Albany Park as well as Chicago as a whole.
Blue Buddha Boutique located on 4533 north Kedzie Avenue Chicago, describes their business on their website as “The leader in quality chainmail jewelry supplies…created by artists for artists.” Their Buddha heads have been seen in parks in Albany Park as well as in the front window of their store.
The Albany Park Arts Festival has occurred the past three summers around late July and is held at Northeastern Illinois University along Lawrence Avenue, from Kedzie to St. Louis. Their website features information in both English and Spanish, saying “The Albany Park Arts Festival is a wonderful utopia that every summer blooms at dawn to celebrate life, diversity, arts and cultures…we are a colorful bunch, and you’re part of this rainbow of life and solidarity.” The Chairman of Staff is Zanoni Cuesta and the Secretary of the event is Elizabeth Martinez.
There are many ways to get involved with the art and entertainment happening in the diverse area of Albany Park, just by walking out the front door and into the bustling streets that make up this neighborhood.
October, 24, 2012
The Albany Park Arts Festival- http://www.thealbanyparkartsfestival.com/index.htm
Blue Buddha Boutique- http://www.bluebuddhaboutique.com/
Albany Park Theater Project (APTP) – http://aptpchicago.org/
APTP Blog- http://www.aptpchicago.org/blog/