When folks head to the the 20th annual Ames Main Street Cultural District ArtWalk this year, organizers hope they leave with more than an appreciation for art. That’s because this year not only will there be your typical displays and art for sale, there will also be interactive projects that designed to bring out the creative side of the spectator.
“ISU students have been working on an interactive take-home art project for adults and children, there will be a 'paint and sip' at the local wine bar, and a sidewalk chalk art contest in our downtown park for kids,” said Cindy Hicks, MSCD Director. “We want ArtWalk participants to go home as artists themselves.”
This year the event is also expected to be bigger and better than ever with partnerships that include downtown businesses, The Octagon Center for the Arts, Iowa State University, The Public Arts Commission, and the Ames Community Arts Council.
“ArtWalk is a way to bring people downtown and from other towns to visit our beautiful and historic Main Street,” said Kendra Shimak, ArtWalk Chair. “Artists enjoy showcasing their talents and spectators can enjoy a free and friendly event atmosphere while learning about creative art forms.”
ArtWalk will be held Friday, June 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature a tour of downtown which will take you to over 40 artists and their work and the businesses hosting them as well as live music.
“The Main Street Cultural District ArtWalk has something for every age,” said Amy Abrams, owner of Duck Worth Wearing and The Loft. “Having this interactive ArtWalk contest will make it more enjoyable for families and give the kids something to do and show off their talents as well.”
Rhonda Scott with the Ames Community Arts Council says artists benefit from this event because they get the opportunity to interact with the public.
“People can learn about their techniques, why they do what they do or hear about their struggles. It can be inspiring and thought provoking,” said Scott. “Art often helps us see the common threads between us and the things that make each of us unique and it helps us all feel connected to each other.”
Other Special Events that night include:
- Octagon Center for the Arts “Community Artists” Opening Reception
- ISU Design on Main Global Arts Therapy Opening Reception
- Della Viti “Sip and Paint”
- ISU student organized community interactive art project
- Ames on the Half Shell R&B concert
- Duck Worth Wearing sidewalk chalk art contest for kids