This is the ninth year of ArtsWalk, which celebrates emerging and working artists and performers from the Stevens Point community. Art, music, dance, poetry and kids’ art will be featured at the event.
The event provides artists storefront windows and tables in the street to display and sell their work and also provides an opportunity to demonstrate their techniques. In addition, there will be musicians and dancers performing in the street.
“I think it’s a terrific event,” said Elizabeth Aguillera, director of the Arts Alliance of Portage County. “Everyone is walking around, you meet people and you see art of all levels. There is no other venue like this. This infuses people into the downtown and, for people who haven’t been on Main Street in a while, it’s a really wonderful entry point for them to slow down and see what we have to offer.”
The Children’s Museum will host art-making activities in the street as well. The museum will be open past its usual hours to host an art display featuring art work of local students.
A major part of ArtsWalk has always been the Mass Guitar Incident. This event will occur from 7:30 to 8 p.m. It involves performances by a musician group of community members of all ages and experience levels. Anyone is welcome to bring a guitar, banjo or ukulele to join and play.
The performance will be led by Art Stevenson, a professor at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) and leader of the bluegrass band Art Stevenson & High Water.
This year the song count has expanded from two songs to four songs and will take place near the bus shelter on the corner of Strongs Avenue and Main Street.
New this year will be music from local area schools and UWSP. This will occur at the bus shelter on the corner of Strongs Avenue and Main Street from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Aguillera encourages that before attending the ArtsWalk community members should also take advantage of the Portage County CAN “Bike to Work” event, which will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the downtown square.
There will be a Bike Rodeo from 3:45 to 5 p.m. and a family bike ride led by Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson at 4:45 p.m. For more information about this event, visit www.portagecountycan.org/physical-activity
ArtsWalk is free of charge.
For more information about ArtsWalk, email Aguillera at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-254-0460. Additional information can be found at the Arts Alliance of Portage County Facebook page at www.facebook.com/artsportagecounty/events.
Portage County artists interested in submitting art for ArtsWalk can submit an application found online at www.artsportagecounty.org/events/artswalk-and-mass-guitar-incident.