Downtown Art Walk on hiatus
The Downtown Art Walk, which draws thousands to the galleries and shops of downtown L.A., is shutting down until January, organizers said Friday.
The art walk has grown in popularity, attracting visitors who roam though galleries and feast on items from food trucks. But there has been some debate in downtown about whether the walk has grown too large and unwieldy. Organizers said the walk will return and become a daytime weekend event once a quarter. Now, the walk occurs on a weeknight once a month.
In a statement, organizers said the walk has achieved its objectives of reenergizing downtown, establishing a downtown gallery district and acting as an economic development tool but “has grown so large that it has become too costly to manage in its current form. Effective immediately the Downtown Art Walk will go on hiatus, ceasing all event operations until January 2011, at which time it will be reborn as a quarterly, weekend, daytime, gallery-focused event which will appeal to both patrons of the arts as well as the general public.”