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Elgin's FallBack fest returns this weekend

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  • Michigan-based artist Susan Henshaw, shown here in 2011, returns to Elgin Saturday to teach a pastel techniques workshop part of the Elgin FallBack Arts Festival. This is the third edition of the festival.

       Michigan-based artist Susan Henshaw, shown here in 2011, returns to Elgin Saturday to teach a pastel techniques workshop part of the Elgin FallBack Arts Festival. This is the third edition of the festival.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 

The third edition of the Elgin FallBack Arts Festival this weekend at Hemmens Cultural Center and three other locations is more ambitious than ever, according to organizers.

In addition to its customary free workshops, the festival will feature a town hall discussion, "Why Art Matters: The State of Creativity" Saturday and a classical music performance Sunday. The fest opens at 9 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

This will be the festival's first town hall, whose guest speaker will be Randy Cohen, vice president of research and policy at Americans for the Arts in Washington, D.C., said Sean Hargadon, chairman of Elgin's Cultural Arts Commission.

"Basically the whole discussion -- and we're looking for feedback as well -- is about how art isn't only art for art's sake. It's also art for economic development," Hargadon said.

Organizers hope for a variety of participants who will share their thoughts and ideas about Elgin's art scene.

"We want to hear about what we're doing, what's right, what people want," Hargadon said.

Workshops include topics such in photography, painting, theater, writing and more.

"The workshops are very popular, from the feedback we've gotten. People enjoy getting the chance to work with people who are leaders in the (arts) field," Hargadon said.

"And because they are free, there is no risk," he said. "The whole goal was to create inclusiveness and opportunity without making it difficult for people to participate."

For more information go to cityofelgin.org. To register, visit elginfallback2013.eventbrite.com.

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