ARTSE to Kick-Off Public Art Initiative, to Throw Lively Art Party

The South End is becoming a noted repository for public art, particularly graffiti murals, urban art and other contemporary creations.

On May 22, Washington Gateway Main Street (WGMS) will unveil a major initiative for expanding the neighborhood’s public art in public space, and also kick back at the same time with a pretty lively soiree.

The night will be an exciting blend of live art, music, drinks and South End bites. Proceeds will benefit WGMS’s Public Art Initiative, which will be unveiled and is designed to bring art of all kinds the neighborhood’s streets and parks.

“Over the past year, WGMS worked closely with the South End community to test new models of public space activation to see what types of elements work best in our neighborhood,” said Kristin Phelan, founder of KP Strategies and president of WGMS board of directors. “ARTSE is a new public art and public space initiative that will be unveiled at the kick-off event on May 22. We hope to continue many of the efforts launched and work in partnership with the community to do more.”

Tickets are an affordable $15 per ticket, and that includes two drink tickets (enjoy ice cold beverages from Lord Hobo Brewing Co. and our signature Blue Chair Bay cocktail ARTSE), bites from South End neighborhood chefs, DJ Braun Dapper spinning hip-hop, house, funk and soul, plus live art, an auction, and a giant South End soul train line.

There will also be an opportunity to buy art at the party. Bid online prior to ARTSE at starting Wednesday, May 16. Come to the event to see the artwork, meet the artists, and bid live on items.

The event will feature some of the city’s most influential street and contemporary artists, including:

Marka27, Cey Adams, Dana Woulfe, Percy Fortini-Wright, Sneha Shrestha (IMAGINE), Sophy Tuttle, Cyrille Conan, Damion Silver, Caleb Neelon, Jeff Henriquez, Rob Gibbs, Sagie Vangelina Curtistic, Thy Doan, Enamel Kingdom, Don Rimx, VYAL ONE, T.j. Oslund, Zen Arcade, Markus Sebastiano, Ge Ortega, Lee Adam Beard, G. Ortiz Photography, Moses Mitchell, Abhi Chandra, Ben McCosh, Allison Bamcat, Wes Niven and more.

Art-SE is a Washington Gateway Main Street event brought to you in part by GTI Properties, Biderly, Lord Hobo Brewing Co, Blue Chair Bay Rum, and curated by Street Theory Gallery and Adam Adelson

The party will be at 460 Harrison Ave., from 7-10 p.m.

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