Artwalk 2018 Impact Report and Save the Date for Artwalk 2019

Artwalk 2018 Impact Report and Save the Date for Artwalk 2019

Lewiston Artwalk 2018 Report and Save the date for Artwalk 2019

The Lewiston Artwalk Committee is pleased to report on the success of the Lewiston Artwalk, held this fall on October 5 & 6, 2018.

Thirty-five host locations welcomed 50 artists, 10 musicians, and five wineries to downtown Lewiston on Friday, October 5, 2018. Thirteen hundred community members were counted through the doors of the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History and 755 through the YWCA. Community members also enjoyed a Nez Perce drum circle lead by “Pistol” Pete Wilson and sidewalk performances by the Washington-Idaho Symphony.

“The evening had such a great vibe,” reports Courtney Kramer, Executive Director for Beautiful Downtown Lewiston. “It’s always fun to watch community members come downtown for Artwalk and run into friends they haven’t seen in a long time. It underscores the best part of Artwalk: the sense of community.”

For the first time, the Artwalk Committee gathered data on the value of art sold at Artwalk. Twenty-one of the 50 artists who participated provided voluntary sales data, which revealed that the community purchased $4,100 in art during Artwalk through 105 transactions. “We’re excited to track the growth of this event’s economic impact,” said Kramer.

In another first, Artwalk was extended to include Saturday, October 6, 2018. Fifty people attended a lecture by 2018 Featured Artist Linda Scott, retired arts educator whose work was featured in the Victory Room of the Lewis Clark Hotel. Twenty-two host locations kept their businesses open on Saturday to give families an opportunity to bring their kids in to see the art and interact with the artists. “Saturday was more low key,” said Kramer. “Several artists mentioned that the slower pace on Saturday gave them more time to interact with community members and build relationships with art patrons.” Two-hundred and ten people went through the Center for Arts & History and 85 at the YWCA on Saturday, October 6, 2018. 

In another statement of the community’s support for arts and culture, the Artwalk Committee sold all 300 Artwalk Buttons, which created $1,135 in funding for public art in downtown Lewiston. “We’re grateful to the Lewiston Tribune for selling Artwalk buttons at their front desk for us for the two weeks before Artwalk,” said Kramer.

The Artwalk Committee asks the community to save the date for Artwalk 2019, which is planned for Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5, 2019.