ART ON THE TOWN RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN APPLETON

Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Appleton Downtown Inc. has announced activities for its summer Art on the Town events, which take place on the third Fridays in the months of May through September, from 5 to 8 p.m. Creative visual arts, performing arts, and music and dance all are part of the series.

Artists and performers will be showcased at a host of Downtown venues – shops, restaurants, museums, the Creative Parklet, Houdini Plaza and even along the sidewalks – creating their art, performing their talent and engaging with visitors who stop to inquire about their craft. Many offer their items for sale. In the event of inclement weather, in-­‐store activities during Art on the Town will go on as scheduled, however outdoor activities will be canceled. 

Celebrate Culture opens the series on May 19, followed by Hidden Textures on June 16, Chalk on the Town on July 21, Paint on the Town on August 18 and PARK(ing) Day closes the series on September 15.

Kicking off the Art on the Town series, Celebrate Culture will feature performances by a Hmong dance troupe, Mariachi band and Gamelan choir. While downtown, visitors are encouraged to take notice of the traffic boxes on many of the street corners, which were wrapped last year in cultural art designed by Appleton middle and high school students.

Hidden Textures on June 16 will celebrate the variety of texture found in fiber art of all types, as well as the texture present in other art forms. 

On July 21, artists of all ages are encouraged to create sidewalk masterpieces which will be voted on for special prizes during Chalk on the Town.

Paint on the Town returns August 18 in Houdini Plaza, providing art enthusiasts of any age or skill the opportunity to collaborate on a community mural.

Wrapping up the series of events will be PARK(ing) Day on September 15, when small spaces and parking stalls in Downtown will be converted to mini-­‐parks. PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

Creative Kids has been expanded to include the June, July and August dates, featuring interactive, family-­‐friendly art activities for children of all ages in Houdini Plaza from 3 to 5 p.m. The Building For Kids Children’s Museum, Trout Museum of Art, Appleton Public Library, Appleton YMCA will offer various activities such as chalking, face painting storytelling and photo booths in conjunction with Appleton Downtown Inc.

“Take an evening stroll along College Avenue as you explore and enjoy rhythm and music, performing arts, visual arts and more for all ages,” says Anne Wiegman, ADI’s marketing director. “Take the time to enjoy the art of food and beverage while you are out as well!”

Sponsoring the summer-­‐long series are Star Supporter Tundraland Home Improvements, presenting sponsors Appleton International Airport, Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc., Octoberfest and the City of Appleton. Additional support for the series provided by Bazil’s Pub & Provisions and 91.1 The Avenue.

To assist visitors in planning their Art on the Town outings, ADI has posted a map and artist details on its website, www.appletondowntown.org

For more information, contact Anne Wiegman, Appleton Downtown Inc., by calling (920) 954-­‐9112, or email  anne@appletondowntown.org

ADI is a non-­‐profit advocacy source for the businesses and merchants of Downtown Appleton, presenting the weekly Downtown Appleton Indoor Winter Farm Market and a host of other events. For more information about ADI and/or a complete listing of upcoming Downtown happenings, visit

ADI’s website, appletondowntown.org, or check them out on Facebook -­‐ search Appleton Downtown, or on Twitter @dwtnappleton.

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