The Ann Arbor Summer Festival (A2SF) announced today that they have five new programs for the community to enjoy this summer. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the A2SF had canceled some of the summer activities residents know and love, but promised to deliver some creative ideas for the community to enjoy.
The cancellation meant we lost some of our most exciting summer activities, like Top of the Park and numerous indoor, ticketed events. However, with the announcement of five new summertime events, we’re sure you’ll find a way to stay safe and enjoy the summer sunshine! A2SF has announced the following events for everyone to look forward to this summer.
- Tiny Tops is a special mini-concert series that is put together a little differently. Audience members will be able to purchase a performance from an artist for themselves or as a gift to family or friends. So far, the artists that are slated to participate in the concert series are Chris DuPont, Rochelle Clark, Hanna Rumora & Josh DeVries, and Emily Slomovits.
- Different virtual programs will also be offered throughout the summer as well. So far, the A2SF has enlisted the help of KidZone, Retreat, Annex, and Festival Footprint Learning Center to stream classes, activities, and discussions. To ensure everyone is able to access the videos, these streams can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Additionally, some of these videos will appear for free on CTN public access television. These programs will run nightly from June 12 until June 28, with dark Mondays. KidZone is presented with support from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
- A2SF has also launched their Podcast series, Stories from the Top. This podcast will feature people you know and people you don’t know, but should. From artists and educators to entrepreneurs, people from all over Southeast Michigan will share stories, give inspiration, and explore the ups and downs of how they got to the top. Each episode features a person at the top of their game, with the first two episodes featuring Joan Belgrave and Swaroop Bhojani. The Stories from the Top podcast is presented with generous support from Retirement Income Solutions.
- Residents can also participate in Music Hikes & Story Walks. This event has geo-tagged music and audio stories to specific trails and walking paths all over Ann Arbor. These geo-tags will highlight the spotlight music artists that were scheduled to appear at this summer’s Top of the Park Festival. In late June, audience members will also be able to listen to a fictionalized story that takes place in downtown Ann Arbor, and will feature familiar landmarks and shops. As the summer progresses, more stories and hikes will be included in this event. This event is in partnership with the Ann Arbor District Library as part of its Summer game, with generous support from O&W, Inc.
- Finally, on Sunday, June 14, A2SF will introduce a Sidewalk Chalk Day. The entire county is invited to an outdoor exploration of imagination right outside their backdoors. Sidewalk chalk drawings have been a staple of the Ann Arbor area, and A2SF plans on inviting everyone to come participate in the drawing event. Whether it’s children expressing themselves near KidZone, professionals creating works of art on our sidewalks, or you showcasing your creative side outside your own home, everyone is welcome to participate in one of the Festival’s highlights. Additionally, Festival regular David Zinn will be creating works of art on Ingalls Mall, as he does every year. If you take photos of your work and share it to social media with the tag #a2chalkday, the Ann Arbor District library will select winners as part of its Summer Game.
A2SF has already announced a few community-driven art projects, including Kooky Kreatures and Quarantine Confessions. As the summer progresses, A2SF is sure to announce more activities. Keep up to date on what’s to come at a2sf.org.