Hooked on Art fest emphasizes sober fun

PUBLISHED IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE SEPTEMBER 24, 2015imgres

Watch downtown Chesterton explode with color as chalk artists create live street art at the fourth annual Hooked on Art Live Street Art Festival at Thomas Centennial Park on Sept. 26.

“We’re excited to see an event that brings different activities together and celebrates family and art, “said Amber Hicks, CEO of Frontline Foundation, the organizers of the fundraising event.

Frontline Foundation is a substance abuse treatment center that serves young adults ages 18-38 and offers support through recovery workshops, peer groups and individual treatment as well.

The Hooked on Art Live Street Art Festival is a major fundraiser for Frontline Foundation and is focused on the family and expression through art. “We want it to focus on families spending more casual time together,” said Hicks.

Bringing the community and visual arts together, the Hooked on Art Live Street Art Festival will raise funds to provide scholarships for economically challenged young adults to enter into treatment programs.

This year, the Hooked on Art Live Street Art Festival has grown significantly. “We have more chalk artists participating this year — almost 40 chalk artists. And the festival just gets better and better every year,” said Hicks.

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Being a truly unique festival to the northwest Indiana community, the Hooked on Art Live Street Art Festival will be a dry festival without a beer tent to help the community see that a lot of fun can be had without alcohol and to support those in or continuing recovery.

“We’re focused on creating activities that any age group can participate in, regardless of artistic abilities,” said Hicks.

Admission to the Hooked on Art Live Street Art Festival is free. Parking in the downtown Chesterton area is also free of charge.

For more information about the Hooked on Art Live Street Art Festival or to donate to Frontline Foundation please visit frontlinefoundations.com

Beth Casey is a freelance writer.

Hooked on Art Live Street Art Festival

Thomas Centennial Park, 109 Broadway, Chesterton

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 26

Free admission

Frontlinefoundations.com

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