First Friday Art Walk
The First Friday Art Walk is a multi-venue event which occurs downtown in the Uptown Arts District which focuses on fostering the arts and the artists who help create it. On the first Friday of every month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., local, uptown businesses open their doors to the public and host artists and their work. These “pop-up” galleries showcase anything from painting to sculptures, to live performances. Each month, the number of participating businesses varies and so does the artwork, so be sure to come out each month and see what’s new!
MCMA Summer Series
Michigan City Mainstreet Association was instrumental in the creation of the “First Friday Art Walk” event many years ago. MCMA, as an organization, is very proud of the role we played in bringing this event into existence. MCMA, in collaboration with merchants, members, and stakeholders, have nurtured and fostered this monthly event in such a way that it has evolved into something which still in some ways celebrates the arts, but also now draws attention to shops, restaurants, organizations and other businesses that inhabit the Uptown Arts District. Due to our original efforts in re-branding the downtown as an arts district as well as fostering the arts through initiatives like the First Friday Art Walk event, residents of this city and guests from around the region now flock to our downtown on the first Friday of each month to see what they may find and who they may have the joy of meeting. Simultaneously, many businesses, merchants, restaurants, bars, organizations, and other members of our community have seized upon this First Friday opportunity to showcase whatever it is that makes them special and unique to our community.
Because of this, we now acknowledge that the engine that drives this event is no longer MCMA, but rather the numerous, varied, passionate members of our community. We will always remember what this community was like before we helped bring this event into existence and will always be proud of the success we have had with it, but we no longer claim ownership or stewardship of this once fledgling event.
With that being said, we are still going to make our attempt at contributing to and improving the First Friday festivities by offering what we are now calling our First Friday Summer Series of events. We will strategically choose First Fridays of May through September to offer our own brand of entertainment to the community and will continue to promote and support the year-round efforts of others who put forth their efforts every First Friday.