MuseFest Success for CTF Illinois
CTF Illinois is proud to announce the success of its very first MuseFest, which was held on June 20, 2015. MuseFest was created to celebrate local art, artists, music, and entertainment in the Charleston, IL area. What’s unique about this event? MuseFest was planned, organized, and hosted by individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities who are also artists at the 9 Muses Art Gallery in Charleston. With the direction and guidance from their Art Instructor, Joshua Benton, the event drew many people, vendors, and entertainers on a bright and sunny Saturday afternoon. MuseFest was held on Jackson Ave. between 6th and 7th streets and was closed off from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. for attendees.
Benton was pleased at the turnout and number of vendors, particularly for the first year. “We didn’t know what to expect our first year but we were very optimistic,” Benton stated. “I believe MuseFest will continue to grow year after year.”
There were several bands that played throughout the day and multiple vendors selling products ranging from tie-dye shirts to antiques to books. Many of the vendor booths had artists with disabilities, but not all. The event allowed individuals with disabilities to involve themselves even further with the community they live in. The artists at 9 Muses Art Gallery and CTF Illinois would like to thank all those who came out to support the event. CTF Illinois and the artists cannot wait for next year’s MuseFest!