The Forest Park Arts Alliance was founded in 2017 with an inaugural project of painting the rusty Circle Avenue bridge to create a corridor filled with original artwork through the heart of Forest Park. Since then, the 501(c)(3) organization has brought together artists, resources and the community to enrich lives through the power of art.
Over the past five years, FPAA has worked to bring visual, music and performing arts to the near west suburbs. FPAA hosts the Strike a Pose photo booth during the village’s holiday walk, and invites the community out enjoy live music at five summer Stoop Sessions.
FPAA’s Garage Galleries draw artists and patrons from near and far to enjoy homegrown art in Forest Park. Tellers’ Nights offer experienced storytellers sharing their personal stories. In the works are semi-annual Makers’ Markets and a 48-hour Film Festival, and a Gala in May.
Throughout all of these events and others, FPAA works with community partners, including the Park District and Library. Along with the Forest Park Historical Society, they bring an invasion of scarecrows to town in October. They create the trophies for the annual Casket Race. Local State Farm agent Mark Hanson sponsors musicians preforming at Stoop Sessions, and Katherine Valleau hosts Tellers’ Nights at Exit Strategy with Smokey Joel’s hot dog stand providing food.
The FPAA is proud to bring the arts to Forest Park and give residents a pride of place while stimulating local business and bringing in tourists. On the forefront is their mission to build a strong arts community by connecting artists with opportunities, resources, and exposure.