Down­town Art Walk on hia­tus


Los Angeles Times - - Beliefs - — Shelby Grad

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.”

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