This weekend marks the kickoff off ArtWalk!
ArtWalk is an outdoor exhibit featuring the work of over 100 local artists. From June 18 till June 26, pedestrians can enjoy paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs displayed in more than 60 storefronts, gates, and doors down Atlantic Avenue. This year’s theme focuses on the holidays and events taking place this month, including Father’s Day, Juneteenth, and Pride Month. The annual art display is part of a larger effort to rejuvenate the community and restore hope in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In addition to bringing culture and fun to the streets of Brooklyn, Executive Director of Arts Gowanus Johnny Thorton explains three main benefits of the exhibition: “It provides a platform for Brooklyn artists to reach a wide and diverse audience, it boosts the local economy and brings new business to the wonderful merchants of Atlantic Avenue, and it gives locals an opportunity to connect with artists, small businesses, and one another.”
The free display runs for 1.5 miles into three Brooklyn neighborhoods: Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Cobble Hill. It is funded by a few non-profit organizations, including Arts Gowanus, the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District, and the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation.