Oceanside First Friday Art Walk will be celebrating its’ next monthly event with a “Labor of Love” theme featuring local artists, musicians and dancing in downtown Oceanside, Friday, September 1st from 5:00pm-9:00pm.
“Labor Day is an annual holiday to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. This month’s Art Walk certainly embodies those principals with what it contributes to the local Oceanside community and reflects the deep Love our artists have for their Labor,” said Susan Brown, president of the Oceanside Friends of the Arts. Septembers’ event will continue to feature dozens of local/regional artists, several musicians and over 20 venues in the downtown Oceanside Cultural District that encompasses a 3/4 square mile, highly walkable area that includes the Oceanside Museum of Art, the Oceanside Public Library and Artist Alley.
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The Oceanside Cultural District was just recently selected as one of California’s 14, premier state-designated cultural districts by the California Arts Council.
Originating with the adoption of Assembly Bill 189, the California Cultural Districts program aims to leverage the state’s artistic and cultural assets. The shared values of this program are to grow and sustain authentic grassroots arts and cultural opportunities, increasing the visibility of local artists and community participation in local arts and culture, and promoting socioeconomic and ethnic diversity.
The Oceanside Cultural District partners include: the City of Oceanside, Oceanside Public Library, Oceanside Arts Commission, Oceanside Museum of Art and MainStreet Oceanside. Together they bring a focus on inclusivity, creativity, talent, and economic development to the forefront in the District.
The Art Walk will once again feature a collaborative artist participation painting on the canvas outside the Muramid Art Museum where anyone, young or old can participate with local artists to create a unique mural. “This has been especially popular with the children and budding artists who have attended previous Art Walks,” says Brown. Also, several musical acts will be performing live at different Art Walk venues as music continues to play an integral role in the Art Walk experience.
The Oceanside Friends of the Arts, a Non-Profit 501c3 Foundation, was established in 2016 with the goal of promoting Oceanside and surrounding communities as an important arts, culture, entertainment and tourism hub/destination that catalyzes economic prosperity and a high quality of life for Oceanside’s future. Fundraising proceeds will go to support First Friday Art Walk and scholarships for high school graduates to further their art education.
Susan Brown, President
Oceanside Friends of the Arts