The DuSable Museum of African American History

40th Annual Art s & Crafts Festival

40th Annual Art s & Crafts Festival

Presented by Lincoln Motor Company


On August 6, 1974, the DuSable Museum held its first Art Festival just one year after the museum moved to its present location in Washington Park. Eight artists participated that year! Key amongst them were Margaret Burroughs and Sophie Wessel, who came up with the idea to organize this event which now each year hosts nearly 200 artists and crafts people. Today, the festival is known as the DuSable Museum’s Arts and Crafts Festival and this year’s festival is a milestone as we celebrate 40 years.

The Festival is a showcase for local artists, an exhibition of fine art and unique and hand-crafted work which features artists working in traditional, ethnic and experimental fine arts and crafts that relate to African-American themes, identity, history and culture, and underscores our mission of preserving the history and culture of the African-American experience. We also celebrate Dr. Margaret Burroughs (1915-2010), Founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History.


Saturday-July 12th

12:00-8:30pm: DJ CISCO
1:00pm: Najwa Dance Corp.
2:00PM: Line Dancing with Frieda Carter Smith
3:00pm : “The Rising Stars of Jazz”
Featuring: Irvin Pierce, Marquis Hill, Taylor Moore, Thaddeus Tukes, Sam Jewell, and Runere Brooks
5:00pm: The Voices
7:00pm: Hector Silviera

Sunday-July 13th

12:00-8:30pm: DJ CISCO
2:00pm: Planeta Azul & Passistas Samba Dance Troupe
3:00pm: : Maurice Mahon with feature guest Zsa Zsa
5:00pm: JoJo Murray & The Top Flight Blues Band
7:00pm : Avain Hightower & Full Circle

The DuSable Museum of African American History and The Lincoln Motor Company present “Dream Ride Experience”

Take a test drive of the first-ever Lincoln MKC and the line-up of Lincoln vehicles to receive a Family Membership* from the DuSable Museum!

July 12, 2014 12pm-6pm
July 13, 2014 12pm-6pm

*Free Family Membership available for the first 100 participants after completion of a test drive; valid driver’s license required. Family Membership valued at $60.

Sign-up Today!



Robert Blackwell, Sr. will be at the Arts and Crafts Festival on both Saturday and Sunday, July 12 & 13, 2014 at 12:00 noon under the authors’ tent signing his book “My Evolution as an Entrepreneur”.


Birdie and Grimace will be at the Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, July 12 at 2:00 p.m. and Ronald McDonald will be there Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. for storytelling with the children, presented by BMOABMOA will also have activities and giveaways. 


Download the 2014 Arts and Crafts Fest Application!

View the 2014 AC Application FULL SCREEN

Download the 2014 Arts and Crafts Fest Procedures and Guidelines!

View the 2014 AC Procedures and Guidelines FULL SCREEN


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