About 60 people turned out Saturday at the Levy Center in Evanston for a program called Valuing Creative Arts in the Black Community.

The session, sponsored by the Evanston NAACP, Shorefront, The Haitian Congress and the African American History & Genealogy Study Group of Evanston, was moderated by Shorefront’s Dino Robinson.

David “Chainsaw” Dupont. (Photos by Genie Lemieux-Jordan of Evanston Photographic Studios.)

It featured presentations by Haitian artist Herold Alvares, blues guitarist David “Chainsaw” Dupont, saxophonist Walter Clark and hiphop dancers Daniel Hayward “BraveMonk” and Micah Jefferson

Other speakers included Tim Rhoze, artistic director of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre; the Rev. Kenneth Cherry and the Christ Temple Worship Team, Jared Richardson, a Northwestern University doctoral candidate in art history, and Ramond Thomas, artistic director of the South Side Community Art Center.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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