Jackson’s 56th birthday celebration in Gary, Indiana has been transformed to a three day festival event, initiated by his mother Katherine Jackson. The event titled The Michael Jackson Tribute Festival of the Arts is there to encourage other artists to reach their potential. Karvin Johnson, one of the event promoters, comments:
The main thing is to encourage kids that you can express yourself through art.
Another event promoter, Sharon Chamber comments:
I was just kind of hoping this becomes an annual thing… a national tribute to Michael.