2012 Festival

427225_355825977829899_984895813_nPlease join us on Saturday, October 20, between 11 am – 8 pm, with an After Hours event from 8 pm – 10 pm, and Historic Commercial Building and Adaptive Reuse tours from 8 am – 1 pm. The Festival will be a celebration of the vibrant culture, art, history, and adaptive re-use of the Lower Grand Avenue Arts and Small Business District and adjoining neighborhoods. Small businesses and art spaces along this unique and historic travel corridor will host tours of vintage commercial buildings and interesting adaptive re-use projects; create art exhibits; sponsor performances and music; and provide other special activities that highlight the history of this distinctive area of downtown.

Most spaces are within easy walking distance of each other, and easily accessible by bicycle – or hop a free pedi-cab to explore the diverse Lower Grand Avenue community. Musicians will be set up at various venues and along the street throughout the afternoon and evening. Many art studios, galleries, and small businesses will be hosting special exhibits and performances throughout the afternoon and evening. Visitors can wander among food trucks, chalk drawings, and other unexpected pleasures. Admission to the Festival is free, and all events are free. Please call 602.391.4016 for information.

Historic Commercial Building and Adaptive Re-use Tours

These free, guided tours will take place from 8 am – 1pm (leaving at 8am, 9am, 10am and 11am) and will be led by knowledgeable local history experts. The tours last about 2 hours and visitors are encouraged to wear a hat and comfortable walking shoes. Tours will begin at the Milum Textile Services building at 333 N. 7th Avenue, with an interior tour of its amazing architectural features, including large dramatic roof domes, as well as a visit to the industrial laundry business still housed there. The tours will continue to the 1920s OS Stapley Hardware Store buildings, which are undergoing a major conversion back to their original 1920s appearance. Visitors will get to see this interesting restoration project in progress, view the architectural and design plans, and tour the interior of some of the buildings. The third tour stop will be at a 1940s warehouse that has been adaptively reused and converted to a beautiful open-plan law firm.

The Greenest Building Film

After the tours, visitors can watch the hour-long film, The Greenest Building, which will be playing at Soul Invictus Performance Space at 1022 Grand at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, and 1:30. (If you cannot make any of these screening times, the film will be screened again at 6:30 in the parking lot at Bragg’s Pie Factory.) Over the next 20 years, Americans will demolish one third of our existing building stock (over 82 billion square feet) in order to replace seemingly inefficient buildings with energy efficient “green” structures. Is demolition in the name of sustainability really the best use of natural, social, and economic resources? Or, like the urban renewal programs of the 1960’s, is this well-intentioned planning with devastating environmental and cultural consequences? The Greenest Building, a new hour-long documentary by Eugene, Oregon film producer Jane Turville, presents a compelling overview of the important role building reuse plays in creating sustainable communities.

Fashion Shows

  • Modern Era Renaissance Jewelry Show, Soul Invictus Gallery, 1022 Grand, 4 – 5:30PM ~ A sampling of the latest jewelry and accessories from Grand Avenue jewelry designers – and part of the annual Metals, Rock, Fashion Show, presented by Gallery Marsiglia each year. Live Old World music by Bartholomew Faire.
  • The Grand Trashy Hat Promenade, Kooky Krafts Shop, 1500 Grand, 5:30 – 6:30PM ~ Join in the fun while ASU students, children, and community members model their quirky one-of-a-kind creations, made primarily out of trash and recycled materials, and then promenade down Grand Avenue, returning around 6:30PM for the final judging.
  • Days of Future Past: Recycled Rubbish & Local Boutiques Fashion Show, {9} The Gallery, 1229 Grand, 7PM ~ An amazing combination of local designers, independently owned boutiques, and community couturiers, this show features one-of-a-kind pieces of fashionable art that ranges from practical to theatrical, designed to celebrate unique approaches to recycled couture.
  • Hanging Gardens & Woven Fences & Trashy Sculpture Show ~ This Festival mainstay will feature quirky assemblages and hanging artwork made out of trash and recycled materials. Pick up a map at the Kooky Crafts Shop (1500 Grand) or any of the Festival info tables, and embark on a treasure hunt to find these urban gardens along Grand Avenue and vicinity.

Coffee, Cookies and Crafts Fair

This year the fair will be set up in the parking lot at Bragg’s Pie Factory, from noon – 5pm. Visitors won’t want to miss these 40+ booths of hand crafted items by some of your favorite local artists and crafters. There will be free coffee and cookies in a relaxed seating area, and a couple of food trucks nearby. Food truck info here. Arts, crafts and small business vendors will not only be in the parking lot of Bragg’s Pie Factory, but also at the Oasis on Grand, the Groove, and Gallery Marsiglia.

Outdoor Movie Theater

After the Coffee, Cookies and Crafts Fair, the Bragg’s Pie Factory parking lot will be converted to an outdoor movie theater. At 6.30 The Greenest Building will be screened, and at 7.30 the Banksy documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop.

Stage at the Oasis on Grand

Food trucks, vendors and music will be staged in the lot across from Oasis on Grand, 1501 Grand, throughout the day and in into the After Hours. There will be parking, an info table, free water, and event brochures at this site. Visitors can go to see the galleries and studios at the Oasis, stay a while for the music, vendors, and food in the lot, before wandering down the street or hopping a pedi-cab to other destinations.

Stage at Bragg’s Pie Factory

There will be an informal stage set up in front of Bragg’s Pie Factory where musicians and small bands will be playing all day, including After Hours. An info table with Festival information will be at this site. Free on-street parking is available all day. Festival goers can visit the galleries and studios close by, the Coffee, Cookies and Crafts Fair in the parking lot, and the other spaces and events within walking distance.

Stage at The Groove

The outdoor stage at The Groove will be hosting work by local poets and performers from 4 – 6pm with an eclectic sampling of music by locals before and after, extending into After Hours. There will be food, chocolate, vendors and other activity at this site and close by.

Greening America’s Capitals EPA grant

The final streetscape plans for this $80,000 planning grant recently received by the neighborhood, will be on display (location TBA). There will also be a few temporary visual manifestations of some of the plan features along the street.

Information Tables

  • On the north end of the route at the Oasis on Grand, 1501 Grand Avenue
  • At Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 Grand Avenue
  • At Funk Lab, 1007 Grand Avenue
  • All Festival information will be available, as well as free water. Pedi-cabs will be stationed at the Oasis on Grand, Bragg’s Pie Factory, and Funk Lab.

Parking & Transportation

Grand Avenue has a lot of free on-street parking, available all day, from the intersection of Grand/Roosevelt/15th Avenue, extending south along both sides of the street. There are also various parking lots at: Oasis on Grand (1501 Grand), behind the La Melgosa building (1023 Grand); Grandevelt complex (1500 Grand). Visitors are encouraged to ride their bikes if they live close by. All participating spaces are within walking distance of one another. Free pedi-cabs will also be located at the Oasis on Grand (1501 Grand). Bragg’s Pie Factory (1301 Grand), and at the Funk Lab (1007 Grand).

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