By Anne E. O’Keefe
Rockford Area Arts Council
This year the Rockford Area Arts Council has partnered with the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau to debut a brand new ArtScene website application that attendees can use to enhance their experience during this two-day event. This mobile website application can be used on smartphones, tablets and desktop computers. Attendees can select specific venues they want to attend and create a personalized map to use each night at RAAC ArtScene. Users can also receive text reminders letting them know pop-up events throughout the night.
“We are excited to partner with the Rockford Area Arts Council to launch the ArtScene website application that will allow attendees to have a more customized experience at ArtScene this year. Based on feedback we received from the Stroll on State ‘Plan Your Stroll’ application we found that attendees appreciated the more streamlined experience,” said Andrea Mandala, RACVB Marketing & Communications Manager.
The map application can be found at artscene.downtownrockford.org. You set up your account with your email and a password, it’s just that simple.
ArtScene showcases original works of art at 38 galleries, studios and commercial establishments across the Rockford from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, April 15, and 4-9 p.m. on Saturday April 16. Check out the website artsforeveryone.com as there have been additions made since the brochure was printed and some venues have varied hours. There is no admission but we do encourage you to buy local! ArtScene provides a unique opportunity to meet great artists and see many different types of art at one time in a festive, casual, cool and fun environment!
Enjoy new exhibits and original works of art in varied media of watercolor, acrylic, wood, sculpture, pottery, furniture, glass, drawing, jewelry, photography and multi-media and more. The venues themselves add to the experience.
“To me, ArtScene is also an opportunity to take in the great architecture of our city. Many of the venues have been repurposed to present art while their history may have been industrial or even a luncheonette,” said Third Ward Alderman Tom McNamara.
Also new this year, ArtScene After Hours on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 from 8-11 p.m. at Der Rathskeller Restaurant, 1132 Auburn Street. Come for the art and brats…stay for the music and laughs!
Many thanks to all the participating venues: 317 Studio, Ameriprise, 410-412 Mulberry St., Abreo, Art Matters, Anderson Japanese Gardens, Ascension, Baha’i Center, Bees Knees, Bennie’s, Boone County Historical Museum, City Hall, Clabough Photography, Emmanuel Lutheran, Ethnic Heritage Museum, Gallery 610, Gallery 2213, Garrison Lofts, Irish Rose, Just Goods, Kandinsky’s Group, Midtown District, Kortman Gallery, Krypto, Lock & Key, Locust Street Press, Lucette, Minglewood, North Main Studios/Parthenios, Olympic, Rathskeller, Rockford aRt.cade, RAM, State of the Art Gallery. There is so much work that is put into making this event a success and it would not be possible without dedicated arts advocates who are bringing the arts to everyone, not just for ArtScene but year round!