An effort to promote the arts is crafting its way onto the streets of downtown McMinnville to welcome in spring. A one-day event is tentatively scheduled for April.
“We are hoping to do this April 26,” said Bruce Atnip during a presentation before the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen. “This would be an all-day or most of the day arts event where we would have musicians, artists, sculptors, painters and different types of performing arts coming to downtown McMinnville.”
The event is being called Arts Spring. It would be celebration of visual artists, written arts and performing arts. Plans at this time would be to offer indoor and outdoor stages for different types of music, writers, storytellers, comedians, other performing arts, as well as venues for visual arts, workshops in various arts and booth spaces for artwork to be sold.
Atnip, production team co-captain with Tisha Emberton, says they have already begun contacting downtown businesses to place the exhibits of painters or photographers. They would also like to partner with the owners of empty buildings to use those as an “indoor arts market.”
“Art is a great thing that brings communities together,” Atnip added. “We would appreciate it if you would look this information over and let us know if this event is something the city could support, or maybe be a co-sponsor. We would love to work with Scott McCord, director of Parks and Recreation, on this.”
Downtown needs a spring event, says Atnip.
“If this goes well, we would love for it to be an annual event. We have Autumn Street Fair in the fall and Main Street Live in the summer. This could be our spring event that would bring interested persons into the community and boost the economy.”
For more information, contact Atnip at 409-2035 or Emberton at 314-7049.