Oceanside First Friday Art Walk will be celebrating its next monthly event with a "Summer Nights" theme featuring local artists, musicians, and dancing in downtown Oceanside, Friday, Aug. 4, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
"As the summer vacation season enters its final month, we are seeing increased attendance for our monthly Art Walk events due to the thousands of additional tourists visiting Oceanside," said Susan Brown, president of the Oceanside Friends of the Arts.
This month's event will continue to feature dozens of local and regional artists, several musicians and over 20 venues in the downtown Oceanside Cultural District.
The Art Walk will feature a collaborative artist participation painting on the canvas outside the Muramid Art Museum where anyone, young or old can participate with local artists to create a unique mural.
"This has been especially popular with the children and budding artists who have attended previous Art Walks," Brown said.
The Oceanside Cultural District was just recently selected as one of California's 14 premier state-designated cultural districts by the California Arts Council.
Originating with the adoption of Assembly Bill 189, the California Cultural Districts program aims to leverage the state's artistic and cultural assets.
The shared values of this program are to grow and sustain authentic grassroots arts and cultural opportunities, increasing the visibility of local artists and community participation in local arts and culture, and promoting socioeconomic and ethnic diversity.
"The monthly Oceanside Art Walk events play an important role in the Oceanside Cultural District and we are proud to be part of this highly selective state program," said Brown.
The Oceanside Cultural District partners include the City of Oceanside, Oceanside Public Library, Oceanside Arts Commission, Oceanside Museum of Art and MainStreet Oceanside.
The Oceanside Friends of the Arts, a Non-Profit Foundation, was established in 2016 with the goal of promoting Oceanside and surrounding communities as an important arts, culture, entertainment, and tourism hub/destination that catalyzes economic prosperity and a high quality of life for Oceanside's future.
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