by Mayor Tammy

One of my new favorite events in our city is just around the corner - Meridian Art Week (Sept. 9 – 16). This year a community tradition will kick off the week: the Community Block Party, which is bigger and better than ever this year with some awesome featured performers. It’s on Saturday, Sept 9th at Kleiner Park and is a perfect lead-in to a great week full of arts and culture in our community.

This is the second year the Meridian Arts Commission has hosted Meridian Art Week and after last year’s inaugural event – I’m really looking forward to it!

The #MeridianArtDrop movement is part of the week’s festivities and last fall I had a tremendous time taking part in it! I gathered up a few of my friends and we spent time together laughing and crafting pieces to leave around Downtown Meridian for someone to find. I made an American Flag out of sticks, painted rocks and small canvases, and created Christmas ornaments.

I want to encourage even more people to take part this year. All you have to do is create something to leave somewhere in Downtown Meridian. Then download a form on our website (www.meridiancity.org/artweek) and place your art piece at a location.

If you FIND art, then share the photo on social media with the hashtag #MeridianArtDrop. Seeing the joy as people posted photos of their surprising art findings throughout our downtown on social media was especially heartwarming!

For a full list of Meridian Art Week events, including a high school chalk art competition, visit our website, www.meridiancity.org/artweek. One addition this year is the rescheduled Symphony Concert in honor of Gene Kleiner Day. It will cap off the week’s festivities on Saturday, Sept. 16.

I look forward to seeing you enjoy this beautiful season in our community and I especially look forward to finding your creations throughout our downtown during Meridian Art Week.

One of the pieces Mayor Tammy created for last year’s Meridian Art Drop:

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