By Sam Elliott
After a successful inaugural event last summer, more than 25 local downtown Fishers businesses will be joined by local visual and performing artists from 6 to 9 p.m. July 15 for the second Fishers Arts Crawl throughout the Nickel Plate District.
“It’s a partnership between the Fishers Arts Council and the city and the Nickel Plate District Business Council,” Fishers Arts Council Vice President and Board Member Jocelyn Vare said. “This year it’s definitely going to be bigger and better than last year, for sure. We have more businesses participating and more artists and performers participating than last year. It should be really fun.”
Self-guided tour goers can take in everything from paintings and photography to mixed media and textile pieces, hand-crafted soaps and jewelry, breakdancing and live music performance groups. In all, 27 businesses throughout downtown Fishers are participating with artistic displays of some kind.
“The lineup we have participating this year, in terms of the artists and performance types, is an amazing variety. There’s something for everybody, for sure,” Vare said. “We’ll have the Fishers High School drum line marching up and down the streets. They’re a favorite because you can hear them from far away. We also have a country band; we have a jazz guitarist. there’s another duo who covers popular songs and also the Mudsock Jazz Combo, an amazing local group that performs jazz, rock and they have a horn section that rocks … The purpose of this is just to explore the Nickel Plate District, visit businesses you might not have popped into before and see this smattering of variety of different art and performances that are all brought to you by local residents. It’s really cool. It’s like this three-hour blitz of art.
Following the Arts Crawl beginning at 9 p.m. July 15 is the Amp After Dark concert featuring Jennie DeVoe at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater.