ArtWauk and a Sense of Community

As Board President and Executive Director of Waukegan Main Street, Jamie O’Meara and I attend almost every City Council meeting.  We keep in touch with decisions being made and share upcoming events during Audience Time.  After the last City Council meeting, we were stopped by a couple who came to the August ArtWauk.  The woman said:

Our daughter went to school in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. When we visited, we couldn’t get over the sense of community.  People were friendly and welcoming.  You don’t feel that very often, but that’s what we felt at ArtWauk.

We thought we’d come downtown early just to see what it was like … and stayed until after 10!  We visited galleries, talked to artists, enjoyed music, had dinner, and from one place to the next we felt welcomed and that same sense of community.

Such positive feedback!  Have you been to ArtWauk lately?  Ever?  Your next chance is September 21st.  ArtWauk runs from 5 – 10pm with galleries, shops and restaurants open from Genesee Street south of Water Street to Clayton and County to the Karcher ArtSpace on Washington Street and MLK Jr. Dr.

New this ArtWauk, ambassadors will be handing out programs and helping guide people around the Arts District.  This month, too, Undercroft Gallery in the lower level of Christ Episcopal Church will be open from 3 – 6 with the show “Privileged 2B … the Photography of Ali Albakri”, including footage from the original ArtWauks 10 years ago.

Come out and enjoy the sense of community our visitors felt.
~Jane Ferry, Executive Director

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