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Celebrate 150 years of Longmont at ArtWalk on Main | Press Release


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ArtWalk on Main Street is returning after a pandemic hiatus.  Scheduled for September 11th from 4pm-8pm, the festival will close Main from 3rd Avenue to Longs Peak to celebrate arts, culture and our community!  September’s ArtWalk, which is presented by the Firehouse Art Center,  will also be Longmont’s 150th Birthday Celebration, in partnership with the City of Longmont and Longmont’s Creative District!

OPENING THE LONGMONT TIME CAPSULE AND MAKING THE LONGMONT CENTURY CHEST: Erik Mason, Curator of History at the Longmont Museum, will be opening Longmont’s Time Capsule at ArtWalk. Guests can marvel at how things have changed since the box was sealed, while participating in making the new Century Chest, to be opened in 2121!

DAFO Metalsmith will be creating the Longmont Century Chest, with metal pieces donated by Bicycle Longmont and the community.  An Art In Public Place project, this new time capsule will hold many items commemorating the past year.  Community members can donate bicycle parts at the Firehouse Art Center, the Longmont Library and the Longmont Museum. The community can also be a part of the time capsule! The Firehouse and AIPP invite anyone to add a handprint to the “Make Your Mark on Longmont” community canvas to be located on 5th and Main. The Niwot Chiefs Cool Car Club will be on hand to celebrate Longmont’s Cruising Cars history while the Legendary Ladies will be portraying famous women from Longmont’s history.

HAPPY 150TH BIRTHDAY, LONGMONT STICKER COMPETITION: The winner of the Sticker Giant and the Firehouse Art Center 150th Birthday Sticker Competition is Anthony Del Re.  Sticker Giant will print the winning sticker to be debuted at the event.

ELEVATED YOGA- A SPACE TO REFLECT : We recognize that this year’s ArtWalk falls on a meaningful day for many, and that September 11, 2021 is the 20th Anniversary of that tragic day. In commemoration, Elevated Yoga Studio is graciously opening their studio as a space for anyone wishing to pause and reflect. To reflect on the events of this day two decades ago and all that has transpired since, to reflect on the events of this pandemic, and to reflect on any personal events that you may also be carrying. The studio, located at 324 Main St., is adorned with over 500 paper cranes, all folded during the pandemic, as a symbol of hope for health and peace in our community.

Elevated Yoga invites the community to gather under the paper cranes for a 10-minute guided meditation with an instructor from Elevated Yoga at the top of each hour (4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm), or simply stop by anytime during Artwalk to enjoy a peaceful moment within the space.

MUSIC, ART AND PERFORMANCES:
ArtWalk on Main features many stages to engage the entire community with music and performance. Join us at the 3rd Avenue stage for a Longmont Rec Zumba class, as well as performances by Centennial State Ballet, Bailes de Mi Tierra, and Longmont Dance Theater. Boulder County’s Drum Circle will perform in front of the Firehouse.  Jensen’s Stage, inside 350 Main St., will host 2 local acts. The 5th Avenue stage, sponsored by the Longmont Creative District, is headlined by Mojomama,  with Antonio Lopez opening. The 6th Avenue Stage will feature music and performances from Longmont High School Choir, SVVSD Mariachi Band, Erie High School Drama, Mead High School Orchestra and the Mead Marching Band. Don’t miss the Dance Dimensions Stage at the corner of Main & Longs Peak, with performances by Dance Dimensions, Jonathan Duane, PCDC and Airborne. Stilt Walkers and fire dancers will also be featured throughout ArtWalk.

Over 40 artist booths will be on-hand to display, sell and even create artwork. Many booths will have interactive activities for those feeling inspired! Be sure to visit downtown galleries during the festival, including the Firehouse Art Center, the Walnut Gallery, and the galleries within Old Town Marketplace.  The Callahan house will also be hosting 4 artists, Deb Nichols, Jeff Gauthier, Jenna Sickau and John Bagwell, painting in the historic home.

The festival will also showcase Longmont merchants and area nonprofits, each with a fun, interactive activity.  Looking for more fun?  Check out an old school Fire Truck, take in a Balloon and Magic Show, paint a tile with Crackpots, build and explore with Junkyard Social Club, or cheer on Longmont Yarn Shoppe’s fastest knitters!

LONGMONT FOOD TRUCKS, BREWS AND BEVERAGES
Enjoy food from I Scream Colorado, Flight Deck Grille, Hurry4Curry and Tommy Boy Mini Donuts.  Thirsty? Stop by booths and businesses like Dry Land Distillers, Abbot & Wallace, 300 Suns, Left Hand Brewing, Bootstrap Brewery and Wyatt’s Wet Goods.

THANK YOU SPONSORS:
The Firehouse Art Center thanks all the sponsors that help support this event.

These sponsors include; Longmont Creative District (www.downtownlongmont.com/creative-district), Premier Members Credit Union (www.pmcu.org), the City of Longmont (www.longmontcolorado.gov), Dry Land Distillers (www.drylanddistillers.com), Quarters (www.QuartersBarAndArcade.com), Snarkingtons (www.snarkingtons.com), Ivy Rose (www.ivyroselongmont.com), Minuteman Press (www.longmont-co.minutemanpress.com), Stuze Hand Sanitizer, Dog House Studios (www.doghousemusic.com), True North Insurance (www.truenorthcompanies.com), Used Book Emporium (www.usedbookemporium.net), Family Pet Hospital (www.familypetlongmont.com), Jensens Guitar (www.jensenguitars.com), Elevated Yoga (www.elevatedyogastudio.com), Magic Fairy Candles (www.magicfairycandles.com), Rosalee’s Pizzeria (www.rosaleespizzeria.com), and The Callahan House (LongmontColorado.gov/Callahan).

For more information contact Elaine Waterman at 303-651-2787 and elaine@firehouseart.org, or visit artwalklongmont.org.

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