Faith Patterson

FAITH PATTERSON is a longtime community leader and arts activist from Yellow Springs. She is the driving force behind the annual blues and jazz festival held each fall at the Antioch College Amphitheater and in the college’s Kelly Hall. She was a founding members of African American Cross Cultural Works (AACW), a non-profit volunteer organization formed in 1991 to sustain the efforts of the African-American Cultural Week, a community initiative to improve cross-cultural understanding that began as an Antioch Student’s senior project. The Blues Fest, the AACW’s main vehicle for its work, was first staged in 1997 and has presented dozens of local and regional acts as well as such well-known national performers as Erykah Badu, Deborah Coleman, Mulgrew Miller, Eric Bibb, Guy Davis and comedian Dave Chappelle, whose father, the late Bill Chappelle, was a co-founder with Patterson of the Blues Fest.

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