The main commercial corridor of Etna will be animated by art, music and dance for the seventh annual artistic tour of the district.
Hosted in person after a covid-19 hiatus last year, the event will run from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 25 along Butler Street.
“We believe this shows the resilience of our community to continue its traditions of supporting the arts and local businesses in a very difficult time,” said Megan Tunon, Executive Director of the Etna community organization.
Visitors on past art tours have been able to take a peek at around 100 artist studios, Tunon said, but most are closed due to pandemic concerns.
“It’s amazing because you don’t even know they’re here; they are just hidden inside old buildings and warehouses, ”she said.
“As such, we have significantly expanded what we do outdoors and we think we will have a really fun and safe event.”
After a virtual event last year, Tunon expects those in attendance to be eager to browse and mingle. Two stages will be set up and there will be a mix of live bands, dance performances and brass / drum groups.
The range includes Jane West, Art in Motion Pittsburgh, Gabriella Salvucci, Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Group, The rocket likes blue, Cisco Kid, Ideal dance, Truth and Rites, Timbeleza and Pittsburgh Samba Group.
Butler Street will be closed to traffic to allow people to use artist booths.
Tunon is hoping the crowd will stop and support local businesses, which she says have suffered over the past year.
“We have invested in our main trade corridor in terms of streetscapes, stormwater management and news (storefronts), but our businesses are just starting to bounce back,” she said.
“The Art Tour is often their best business night of the year, so we recognize the importance of hosting the event. “
To learn more, visit etnacommunity.org.