The Beverly Art Walk arrives at the perfect time this year.
It is being held in September again after several years of October dates, making good weather more likely.
The Beverly Art Walk, to be held on Sept. 21, is arguably the community’s finest example of diversity. It exemplifies the same values espoused during the local anti-racism march held on Sept. 7 in Beverly.
The 200 marchers promoted love, diversity and acceptance as they protested against racist fliers that have been distributed three times in the last year in the community.
The Beverly Art Walk will provide another example of the beauty—and value—of diversity and harmony.
Over 150 artists will be at over 40 locations in Beverly/Morgan Park. They are young and old, men and women—all of various races and backgrounds. Many of them are local, but artists from nearby neighborhoods, suburbs and states will participate and see the community as a place of warmth and welcome.
In response to the fliers, a community meeting was held in August at St. Barnabas Church, and the big question of the night was “Where do we go from here?”
The march, by all accounts, was a success. Likewise, successful events like the Beverly Art Walk prove that diversity in life—as in art—adds beauty, meaning and texture to our world.
It’s unknown if the people who distributed the racist fliers live in the 19th Ward. Those pieces of hate have also been distributed in the suburbs, proving that Beverly/Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood are not the only communities targeted by racists.
Local leaders and the community’s public response to racism with the meeting and the march deserves praise.
As the march concluded, attendees played music and sang songs. A similar joyous atmosphere will prevail at the Beverly Art Walk.
Hubs will be set up at major corridors, including 95th Street, 99th Street and along Western Avenue. Admission is free, so buying art is affordable.
Some contend the anti-racism march wasn’t needed and didn’t change anything. That, of course, is untrue. Community events that embrace diversity and unity are always valuable reminders that hate has no place where people pledge, as at the march, to “speak up against racism, prejudice and discrimination in all forms and in all places.”
Beauty was on display as the pledge was recited, just as it will be at the Beverly Art Walk.