Celebrating the Renewal of Crosstown at a Block Party @CrosstownArts


I had seen online that a block party was being held in the Crosstown neighborhood along North Cleveland Street near the old Sears building that they are hoping to turn into artist’s residences and a medical clinic, so I headed down there around 6 PM, and found things well under way, with plenty of art happenings going on, an outdoor stage with a DJ and later musicians from the nearby Community Music School of the Visible Music College, and a food truck from Revival Southern Food. Crosstown Arts, who was sponsoring the block party, also has taken over the Crosstown Flea Market and it was open special later hours. A corner of the flea market is being turned into a headquarters for the Story Booth after-school program, a Crosstown initiative that is centered around creative writing and music and seems somewhat similar to the superb Neighborhood Story Project in New Orleans. Other highlights included spoken word poetry in the gallery next to the Community Music School, and a hot chocolate tent from Tart (“Taste the Art”), a coffee house that will be opening at Cooper and Elzey in the Cooper-Young neighborhood in late November.

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