The 2022 Umbrella Arts Festival is on May 14th in downtown Evanston's Fountain Square!
The Umbrella Arts Festival is a cultural celebration of the Asian, South Asian,
Pacific Islander American community in Evanston.
The umbrella symbolizes the ASPA diaspora which includes a diversity of
ethnicities from over 40 countries around the world, and is inclusive of the
many intersections of identities that exist in our communities.
The festival is from 1-6pm with Funkadesi playing between 4-6pm.
Vendors will be open from 1-4pm with a few staying open until 6pm.
Check out the vendors, performances, and activities below!
The festival is free and open to all ages!
Mayor Daniel Biss
Commissioner Josina Morita
State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
Judge Sanjay Tailor
Community Arts Activities
Make a Lantern with Kids Create Change
Learn how to make a book using folding paper techniques with Artist Book House
Fold paper cranes at the PPSEAWA booth
Add your story to the Placemaking archive at the Evanston ASPA story booth
Participate in the Kitchen Table Stories Project story table activity
Discover Henna design with Lucky Henna
Join Ajanta Chakraborty of Bollywood Groove as she leads us in a dance-along! It's hard to stay in your seat when Funkadesi is playing so Ajanta is going to show us some Bollywood moves for all ages so that we can dance along!
Participating Artists, Community Organizations and Vendors
Asian American Caucus
Evanston City Clerk
Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club
Evanston Public Library
Northwestern Cambodian Group
Coffee Lab & Nayon
Link Physical Therapy
Mt. Everest Restaurant
Thank you to our Sponsors!
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Umbrella Arts Festival 2021 (formerly ASAPIA Heritage Arts Festival)
In 2021 Evanston hosted its first Arts Festival celebrating Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander heritage and culture on May 22, 2021 in Fountain Square. We had over 350 attendees! Check out these photos from that event...