Arts in the Alley event begins on September 17

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The Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Grove City are pleased to bring back an in-person experience to the 42nd annual Arts in the Alley Music and Arts Festival.

The 2021 event will take place in a green space setting conducive to a safe, family-friendly experience at Park and First streets, the original home of Arts in the Alley just, off Broadway. The new location, in the heart of the Town Center, offers visitors a festival atmosphere and convenient access to local businesses and dining opportunities. A packed schedule of activities fills the weekend Friday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 19.

The festival kicks off a day early this year with the dedication of the city’s most prominent public art installation – a landmark sculpture and memorial garden bridging the Town Center to Beulah Park. The public is invited to the dedication at 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, at Columbus Street and Beulah Park Way.

“We are pleased to contribute a unique life-size sculpture as a significant expression of civic art to memorialize Beulah Park. This gift to the city reinforces a strong sense of place and identity of this public space extending to the central park,” said Developer Pat Kelley of Falco, Smith and Kelley Ltd. “And They’re Off” captures the energy and excitement of the starting gate, and the transformation to a new, diverse and vibrant community appealing to all.”

Mayor Richard L. “Ike” Stage agrees. “This inspired public art creatively reflects an important part of our community’s history while serving as a welcoming connection to our historic Town Center,” said Stage. “Opening the 42nd Arts in the Alley with its dedication provides a picture-perfect venue to introduce the sculpture to our community.”

Arts in the Alley activities begin immediately following the dedication with the first round of The Voice of Grove City performances. Other activities include art and craft exhibitors, creative art shows and Kids’ Fun Street, starting at 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17 and closing out the banner event at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19.

Hosted by the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, juried exhibitors display and sell fine art, photography, jewelry, crafts, fabric art, glasswork, pottery and wood creations. Voice of Grove City participants perform throughout the weekend. A variety of food and beverage options are available from Grove City community groups.

Artists are invited to enter their work for the Fine Arts, Grove City Easel Award, Photography, Crafts, Quilts and Youth Art shows the week of Sept. 13. Two special awards offer cash prizes: the annual Grove City Easel Award, for art depicting Grove City, provides the winner a $2,000 prize and $500 for People’s Choice.

The Voice of Grove City returns with talented vocalists vying for the title and a grand prize of $2,500. Visit gcchamber.org/arts for information to enter the 2021 competition.

“We’re delighted to host an in-person event for the community this year,” said Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shawn Conrad. “We welcome residents and visitors to enjoy the family fun, live entertainment, beautiful art, delicious food and so much more.”

Bringing tradition back to Broadway, the annual Arts in the Alley parade steps off from Southwest Boulevard, at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, and travels the same route as in years past – south on Broadway to east on Columbus Street.

For additional information, and to enter the arts and music competitions, visit the Grove City Chamber of Commerce website gcchamber.org/arts.

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