Tribune: Artists gather to reclaim Englewood parks during 'So Fresh Saturdays'
|Night Out in the Parks|
A collective of community-based poets, rappers, musicians, dancers and other artists will gather Saturday in Englewood to kick off a series of free outdoor festivals in the neighborhood, officials said.
“So Fresh Saturdays” is a series of gatherings designed to get residents out into their local parks to claim the spaces for child’s play, said Asiaha Butler, a long-time Englewood resident and president of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood.
The move comes just as school is about to let out for summer and the warm weather will drive more people into the city’s public spaces.
Gathering in the parks to play, entertain and educate young people, the group hopes, will leave little room for gang members and adults committed to wrongdoing to take over the areas.
“We know … we have to blend arts and entertainment with activism in order to engage and address issues we have throughout the neighborhood” Butler said in a released statement.