by Rina Rien, Director, Casa Grande Main Street
Spring blooms with color and new arts and cultural experiences in your Historic Downtown. Here are a few recent additions and coming attractions to look forward to:
NEW ARTS DESTINATIONS OPEN DOWNTOWN
Assuage Art & Photo Gallery is now open in The Casa Grande Plaza on 4th Street between Florence Boulevard and Historic Florence Street. Kapril, the gallery owner, has reached out to local artists to provide a diverse selection of visual arts including paintings, sculpture and photography. Hours vary, so please call 612-868-2230 to confirm before your visit.
The BlackBox Foundation’s new home is The Woman’s Club, the historic stone building located on the corner of Florence Boulevard at Sacaton Street. Our arts and culture district is building, with BlackBox staging performing arts and The Casa Grande Art Museum and The Museum of Casa Grande forming a “triangle” of amazing experiences within steps of each other.
Casa Grande’s Neon Sign Park is currently in planning stages for installation, which is projected for late 2018. Excitement is building for the park, serving both as a catalyst for building a downtown nightlife and providing a unique pedestrian connection between shops and restaurants around Florence Street and the new arts and culture district.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING DOWNTOWN EVENTS:
MARCH 10 AND 11: ART EXPLOSION IN PEART PARK, 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. SATURDAY, 9 AM. – 4 P.M. SUNDAY
Beautiful Peart Park is the setting for this annual event, featuring fine arts from Arizona and beyond. There is live entertainment, food and fun for all at this free event. Visit cgmainstreet.org for details.
MARCH 15 AND APRIL 19: DAY OUT DOWNTOWN LIVING HISTORY TOUR 9:30 A.M. AT MAIN STREET PATIO
Free living history tours resume third Thursdays through April. We meet on the Main Street Patio for refreshments and an orientation before heading out 10 a.m. (an approximately 1- hour walking tour). New characters have been added, including Angela Hammer, The Apache Kid and The Baron of Arizona. Afternoon tours of The Museum of Casa Grande and the Casa Grande Art Museum complete your experience. With prior notification, groups are welcomed.
MARCH 30: CASA GRANDE ART MUSEUM: “CASA GRANDE STUDENT SHOW/RECEPTION”
Artist reception starts at 5 p.m. Visit casagrandeartmuseum.org for more information.
APRIL 6: FIRST FRIDAY LA COCINA FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL, 5:30 P.M.
Live music, family fun and a variety of food vendors are on hand starting at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of 3rd Street and Picacho Street downtown. Check out and “like” their facebook page at facebook.com/lacocinafoodtruckfestival for updates and more information.
SUMMER SCHEDULES VARY, SO PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE CALENDAR FOR UPDATES AT cgmainstreet.org
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Historic Downtown…Experience the Difference
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Casa Grande Main Street is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization working on downtown revitalization and historic preservation. The Main Street program is designed to improve all aspects of the downtown experience. Strengthening public participation and making downtown a fun place to visit are as critical to Main Street’s future as drawing new business, rehabilitating structures and expanding parking options.