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Kusanya Festival


Festival Celebrating Culture & Community


"Kusanya" means to gather together in Swahili. Black Cornerstones is focused on healing Black communities and bringing neighbors together. The Blackstone Block Club in Calumet Heights is 48 years old. We couldn't think of any place better to kick off our first Kusanya Festival than on Blackstone Avenue.


Saturday, October 31st 2 pm until 5 pm


In the Calumet Heights Community

On the Block of

8800 S. Blackstone Avenue

Chicago, IL


This event is sponsored by the Black Cornerstones Project. It is a free event that is open to the public. We will follow Department of Public Health Covid 19 Guidelines. Due to Covid the City of Chicago prohibits any street closures. We will not block off the street. Call 312.647.5414 for more information


Face Painting, Bounce House, Balloon Creations, Gift Bags, Community Crawl, Treasure Hunt, and Front Porch Fall Decorations Contest.

Fall Decorations Contest

No entry forms needed. Residents and event participants will be asked to stroll through the West Calumet Heights Community and snap a photo of the front porch of they feel have the best fall decorations. The porch with the most pictures wins. On November 1st the Kusanya Fest Committee will present the home with at $50 gift card.

West Calumet Heights Boundaries

North 95th Street

South 87th Street

East Harper Avenue

West Train Tracks

Photo Entries

Photographer should text their name, the address West Calumet Heights Address where the photo was taken, and the photo to BCP starting Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 2:00 pm ending Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 6:00 pm.

One photo per phone can be submitted via text to 312.647.5414

BCP will text contest results to each number which submitted a photo.

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