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Social distancing doesn’t mean the end to Alfred’s Art Walks

An Art Walk in the age of social distancing will be held Thursday, April 16 from 5 to 8pm. The art galleries of Alfred University and the surrounding area will be closed, but residents and business are being urged to turn their front windows into art galleries.


An Art Walk in the age of social distancing will be held Thursday, April 16 from 5 to 8pm. The art galleries of Alfred University and the surrounding area will be closed, but residents and business are being urged to turn their front windows into art galleries.

“We invite the community to keep the Art Walk going with two projects,” says Caitlin Brown, chief curator of The Cohen Gallery, on Main Street.. “All of Alfred is invited to be both artist and viewer. Brighten up your home, then walk around the village--practicing social distancing--to see the works of art your neighbors created.”

Art Walk organizers also are encouraging residents of all ages to make a chalk drawing on their driveway or the sidewalk in front of their houses. “We hope for drawings from all ages.”

Brown encourages Alfred residents “to use what you have at hand to create some art! Then hang well wishes in the form of paintings, drawings, sculptures or origami (a symbol of hope and healing in challenging times) in your front windows. Send messages to your neighbors. Line our empty streets with Alfred's famous creativity.”

Residents are asked also to register their home or business art projects on the Art Walk interactive map. Email submit.alfredartwalk@gmail.com with your name and address by April 12 for inclusion on the website! Can't decide? Don't worry- join as you like. Visit http://www.alfredartwalk.... for details.