Berks Street Art Festival offers art, music, food and fun.


Makaila Baez was deliberate in her range, hunting intently into the smaller, plastic bucket to choose out just the proper shade of thick, dusty chalk.

When she spotted the excellent piece, the 6-yr-previous grabbed it with a very small hand and went to get the job done.

She scraped it along the rough, macadam floor of the Reading through-Muhlenberg Career & Technology Middle parking lot, a smile on her face.

“She likes to attract,” her mother, Cristal Baez, claimed. “So I thought I’d provide her exterior to do what she enjoys to do. She attracts on almost everything.”

The back garden that Makaila and her mom drew Saturday was a person of several non permanent artwork works that little by little loaded the parking ton. It was all portion of the Camel Project’s next annual Berks Road Art Competition.

Visitors to the Berks Street Art Festival try their hands at tie-dyeing. (DAVID MEKEEL ??

The Camel Undertaking is a nonprofit firm that is effective to assist communities in switching cultures of violence that outcome in trauma and abuse.

Saturday’s function, which was put on in cooperation with Berks Arts, was a totally free, outside working experience for families that was stuffed with artwork, interactive routines, new music and meals.

“We want a working day for youth and older people to equilibrium their feelings and psychological wellness with art and hands-on ordeals,” said Pamela Gockley, government director of The Camel Job, of the thought behind the occasion.

The incorporated a functionality by the Examining Significant Dance Workforce, African drum audio, a tie-dye station, food items vendors and other attractions. And, of training course, there was the sidewalk chalk art.

Gockley claimed about 100 artists experienced signed up draw.

One of the chalk artworks created during Saturday's Berks Street Art Festival. (DAVID MEKEEL ??

Justin Heimbecker, government director of Berks Art, mentioned the event was a terrific way for people to reconnect with the neighborhood and with art right after the seclusion prompted by the COVID pandemic.

“The past handful of a long time have been hard in lots of ways, and so we hope that this amazing pageant provides an chance for people of all backgrounds to join and have fun as a result of the arts,” he said.

Reading High student Sean Johnson enjoys some karaoke during Saturday's Berks Street Art Festival. (DAVID MEKEEL ??


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