Art and culture go hand-in-hand when shaping a community. Artistic expression is human expression, and the use of imagery, storytelling, and dance are all parts of the human experience that are important to the backbone of a community. The City of Carlsbad has always been invested in artistic expression and has served as a supportive force behind the artistic threads that bind the community together. The arts stimulate childhood brain development, and studies have shown that creativity breeds innovation. This month, appreciation of the arts is taking center stage in Carlsbad. The ArtWalk team is working together with local artists to host the 2nd Annual ArtWalk Carlsbad on Armada Drive, above the Flower Fields on Palomar Airport Road.
A Continuing Celebration of Art in Carlsbad
The Mission Federal Artwalk and Artwalk Liberty Station have celebrated visual and performing arts in San Diego for over 35 years. In 2018, Carlsbad hosted the first ArtWalk festival in North County. The 2018 kickoff festival featured over 200 artists, showcasing every medium of art imaginable. The immersive art experience was such a success that it is coming back for another year of live music, art, food, beverages, and more.
On September 21st and 22nd, Carlsbad Village and Amarda Drive will be home to hundreds of local artists. Guests will have the rare opportunity to purchase pieces that are completely unique to Carlsbad’s own. Price points will vary and artists will be able to highlight completed pieces and perform live demonstrations. There will be food vendors and a wine and beer garden so that guests can eat and drink while browsing the work. All artists must apply for a space at the festival, and only half of applicants will get accepted. The selection process includes a mixed criteria to ensure that the featured artists have a wide range of creativity, technique, and use of materials.
Interactive Events and Musical Performances
The two-day festival is family friendly. There will be a KidsWalk devoted entirely to hands-on activities for little ones who want to explore artistic expression. ArtReach San Diego will be hosting visual art education workshops, Hero City Arts & Crafts will be connecting pop culture and the arts at their Super Hero mask station, and Nature Buddies will be nurturing the parent/child bond with an activity for guests to create nature faces.
The headlining music artist at the festival will be A.J. Croce. He will be performing on Sunday afternoon and has been praised by some of music’s most esteemed artists like Willie Nelson. His New Orleans influences inspire a multi-instrumentalist mix of piano, vocals, and performance art.
Live Chalk Art
In addition to the vast selection of art, live music, food, and drinks, the 2019 ArtWalk Carlsbad will also be bringing back the popular Chalk Art that debuted at last year’s festival. The asphalt art will take place before guests’ eyes during the two day festival. Talented street painters will be grabbing from the ‘Maddonari’ artists in ancient Italy who created street art in front of churches. Expert artists will receive a $200 stipend for their work. Schools and youth groups are also encouraged to participate. Participating groups will get an assortment of chalk provided by Artist & Craftsman Supply. Chalk squares are all 8 feet by 6 feet. The road where the Chalk Art will take place will be transformed from a hard black surface to a winding and vibrant expanse of expression.
Grab your advance ticket for two days of art and fun – tickets include access to the festival, entry to the Museum of Making Music, and admission to A.J. Croce’s show.
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