The "art stroll" had been used before by other cities. The Uptown Arts Stroll looks to be a successful annual event; if only they would change the name to easier-on-the-tongue "Uptown Art Stroll"!
Now in its fourth year, the Uptown Arts Stroll is a unique opportunity for the community to get acquainted with the richness of artistic talent in our neighborhoods of Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill.
The 2006 Uptown Arts Stroll is scheduled for 3—18 June 2006.
On 23 November 2003, the first Uptown Arts Stroll saw local merchants and institutions host local artists' exhibitions, and other local artists opened their studio doors to the community to showcase work in this creative neighborhood. More than 50 venues showed artists' work.
The success of that event led Artists Unite, Community Board 12, The Manhattan Times, Washington Heights & Inwood Online, and other collaborators to increase the publicity for the Arts Stroll and make it a regular event to draw arts patrons from all over the city. This is our third year!
Uptown Art Stroll
June 18, 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Annual event celebrates local artists from Washington Heights/Inwood area who exhibit their work in area venues. This year exhibit includes photographs of Carl Nunn, whose works are shadowy black and white images of people and places in Harlem.
Uptown Art Stroll is back for 2005! Poster contest!
This summer's Stroll will occur June 14-19th. Like last year, there will be a kick-off opening reception at Highbridge Park, with live music, food, a preview show and for the first time a benefit auction of artwork. A sponsor is being sought for the fireworks display.
The Uptown Arts Stroll committee is sponsoring a poster contest for the third annual Arts Stroll in June. The winning design will be used as a poster and other promotional materials.
6 May 1988, Washington Post, pg. N57:
EVENING ART STROLL
Taking advantage of longer days and balmier nights, 18 galleries in the Dupont Circle area - in other words, most of them - will be open until 8 Friday night for "An Evening Art Stroll."
15 September 1991, Milwaukee Journal, pg. 25:
Her book contains essays on 20 Milwaukee-area walks with maps, directions and mileage, ranging from a Riverwest art stroll to a Wauwatosa walk. Autumn, she reminds readers, is the ideal time for a tree walk.
21 November 1992, St. Petersburg (FL) Times, City, pg. 2:
Thanks to the organizers of the Arts Colony and the Saturday night Art Stroll, Clearwater looked a lot like Ybor City - except for the ever-present Scientologists.
19 March 1993, Salt Lake Tribune, pg. B6:
Art stroll tonight
The Salt Lake Gallery Association will hold its monthly gallery stroll tonight from 6 to 9.
15 August 2000, Grand Rapids (MI) Press, "Art stroll in works," pg. L4:
Not content to keep their art image based on what they already have, some Saugatuck residents are putting together an outdoor art project that will be up year-round, creating an "Art Stroll" for interested people. Gayle Lipsig said she got the idea from a similar project in Grand Junction, Colorado. The idea is to have outdoor art loaned by artists placed all over the Saugatuck-Douglas area, with a map to guide people to the sites. At the end of one year, the pieces are sold, and the Art Stroll committee gets
25 percent of the proceeds to help fund future years.
16 November 2003, New York Times, "Neighborhood Report: Upper Manhattan" by Seth Kugel, Section 14 City, pg. 6:
It won't exactly be Museum Mile. But if an event planned for next Sunday is successful, a 60-block stretch of upper Broadway will be lined with ad hoc exhibition spaces showing the work of local artists, and visitors from inside and outside the neighborhood will be poking their heads in to take a look.
The event, officially known as the Uptown Arts Stroll, is a response by local businesses and art enthusiasts to something of an anomaly. Although artists have been moving to Washington Heights and Inwood steadily over the last decade, these northern Manhattan communities have virtually no loft space and few
galleries. As a result, local artists must display, and sometimes create, their work elsewhere.
''It just seemed like there were all these groups of artists floating around and nobody getting them together,'' said Mike Fitelson, a photographer who is the editor of Manhattan Times, a local newspaper, and the person who conceived the event.
The idea coalesced in September at a meeting of the economic development committee of Community Board 12. Letters were sent to 51 organizations and businesses, and artists were recruited through groups like Artists Unite, a local organization formed last year.
Work by more than 40 artists will be shown in spaces between 159th Street and 218th Street that have been provided by local businesses and organizations.
The hope is that walkers and bus riders will roam the neighborhood streets, savoring the oils, photographs and children's art while patronizing local businesses. The hope is also that the stroll will be the first of similar neighborhood-wide events.
9 June 2004, Associated Press Newswires:
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fireworks display kicks off the 2nd Annual Uptown Arts Stroll in Washington Heights and Inwood; Highbridge Recreation Center, 2301 Amsterdam Ave., at West 173rd Street, Washington Heights.
17 June 2005, New York Times, "Spare Times," section E, part 2, pg. 40:
UPTOWN ARTS STROLL, a series of events in Washington Heights and Inwood with a spoken-word presentation at Our Saviour's Atonement Church, 178 Bennett Avenue, at West 189th Street (tonight at 7:30), and live music along Broadway, at Fort Tryon Park (Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.). Information: artstroll.com.