University City celebrates the arts with the Loop Arts Festival

According to Americans for the Arts, Arts organizations are an important resource in our path to building stronger connections. Opportunities for more even-footed conversation among groups lead to insight and a shared sense of community, and in turn lay the groundwork for exploration about how to maintain vital cultural and community traditions.”

The Delmar Loop in University City is kicking off summer by dedicating the first weekend to a citywide celebration of the arts with the Loop Arts Festival. This event will provide a way for attendees to engage and support University City’s diverse and artistic community. This family-friendly summer festival takes place on one of St. Louis’ most prominent streets and is for all ages to enjoy. Attendees can spend the first days of summer enjoying dance, spoken word, music and culinary events.

With Pianos in The Loop being held throughout the month of June, Make Music Day will officially kick-off the festival and the summer solstice on Thursday, June 21 with a free and open concert of local musicians from all levels. Then, on Friday, June 22, the festival will feature the Celebration of Literary and Visual Arts with sidewalk demos and an art and literary walk from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. To beat the end of weekend blues, Chalk The Loop will be on Saturday, June 23, where professional artists and beginners alike are welcome to chalk up a masterpiece of their own design in Ackert Walkway next to Chuck Berry Plaza. Prizes for Chalk The Loop will range from $50 – $150 and be awarded to participants from three different categories. Young artists, children ages 12 and under, can register for the Chalkland Kids Zone to experience a world of sidewalk chalking, face painting and crafting. Festival goers can also find themselves at a culinary event in the Farmers Market from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Who: University City

What: Loop Arts Festival

Where: Delmar Loop

When: June 21-23, 2018

Why: To celebrate and create the local University City arts during the first weekend of the summer

For more information on the Loop Arts festival and registration for Chalk The Loop go to visittheloop.com/Artsfest.

About University City: University City was incorporated on September 4, 1906 by founder Edward Gardner Lewis, as a city of learning, culture and beautiful neighborhoods. This diverse community of about 34,000 provides beautiful neighborhoods, thriving business districts, and is a great place to live, learn, work, and be entertained.

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