Michiana regional artists and artisans were on hand for this year's Art Beat 2013. Community centric businesses sponsored the annual bash to celebrate local talent on Saturday August 17th in downtown South Bend, IN. This reporter was on hand to document the proceedings in photos (see attached slideshow).
Portions of the downtown South Bend area have been closed off to traffic to allow vendors and shoppers to take over the area. A three block area from Wayne Street (south) down to Colfax (north) including Michigan Street, Washington and Jefferson provide a cultural hotspot for artsy types.
Hundreds of local devotees, as well as folks wanting a bit of local culture, turned out for the event. Local businesses capitalized on the increased foot traffic to host sidewalk sales and offer samples of their wares, including the South Bend Chocolate Factory.
Local musicians aptly used the event to jointly schedule their South Bend Jazz Festival. Hosted in front of The Morris Civic Auditorium visitors to Art Beat were able to enjoy a local musical flavor. Jazz Festival performances begin at 4pm and are ongoing till 11pm that evening. Among the musicians performing are The Twin Cities-South Bend Big Band / Jazz group, vocalist Martha Lorin and South African bassist and composer Jimmy Mngwandi.
Artbeatsouthbend.org sums the event as 'a day-long showcase of local visual, performing and culinary artists in the streets of downtown South Bend.'
Sunny fresh weather made for a well-received day of art and culture for all that attended. Each year seems to best the prior one in attendance as well as sheer spectacle. Stop by today before the event closes at 8pm and be sure to add bookmark August 2014 on your calendar for next year's Michiana Art Beat.