The Ann Arbor Art Fair is back in town, so stop by and check it out with the whole family!
The Ann Arbor Art Fair is here again, and it has lots of awesome activities for all ages. The event runs from Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 21. Thursday-Saturday it will be open from 10am-9pm, and Sunday it will be open 12-6pm. To ensure children’s safety, identification wristbands will be available for kids to wear, so officials will know whom to contact just by looking at the child’s wristband. The wristbands are sponsored by the Ann Arbor Police Department, Ann Arbor Office of Emergency Management and the executive directors for the individual fairs. You can get a wristband from several locations, such as the Safety Service Plaza at Liberty Plaza (at the corner of Division and Liberty streets), Art Fair information booths and Ann Arbor Emergency Management mobile command unit.
Art from around the world
The 60th Annual Ann Arbor Art Fair will have lots of awesome activities for all ages. The Street Art Fair, The Original will consist of many artists selling all different kinds of artwork on the streets of Ann Arbor. You can find a map here. The featured artist this year is Amanda Outcalt, who combines her shaped intaglio copper prints with stitching, drawing, painting, and gold leafing to tell stories about relationships, memories, and health. She will be located at booth NU839 on North University.
The State Street Art Fair consists of artists showcasing their work as well as outdoor retail displays. Since parking is such a hassle, there will be shuttle busses available that can take you to and from Huron High School and Briarwood Mall for $3.00 round trip (under 5 are free). There is also downtown parking for $18/day or $9 after 5pm. To get around once you’re there, Art-Go-Round can take you around the fair for free. They are also wheelchair accessible.
Some of the artists that will be featured at the different Art Fair locations include Dennis Thompson, a ceramics artist (located at SU845), Erin Curry, an illustrator (located at MN313), Michael Mikula, a blown glass sculptor (located at IN 276) and Kristin Schollaci, a photographer (located at IN 272).
Make your own
You can also create your own art at the Art Activity Zone, which includes family-friendly art projects that are free to the public and open to all ages. You can play with clay, work on an art mural made of recycled materials or make your own jewelry. Don’t forget to stop by the Art Demo Zone where you can watch artists demonstrate how they make their art. There will be demos on wheel thrown ceramics, watercolor, driftwood art, mixed media sculptures and more!
There will also be free live performers throughout each day of the fair! The Fountain Stage, located on Ingalls Mall, will feature performers such as Kira Grace, WCC Dancers, Agenda 21, Warehouse Cloggers and Arts in Motion. The Stage on Main will feature performers such as Royal Wood, Smooth Hound Smith and Freddy and Francine.