Berkeley Street Festival transforms downtown into outdoor art studio

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Berkeley Street Festival transforms downtown into outdoor art studio

Tia Graham

Art lovers rejoice.superior Downtown Berkeley will be transformed into an outdoor art studio for the Berkeley Street Festival on Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., chalk artists will create colorful street art for a chance to win prizes.

The fair will provide a closed street environment for residents and visitors to experience the city.

The fair will provide a closed street environment for residents and visitors to experience the city.

Chalk will be provided and visitors can choose a spot on the sidewalk to create artwork that will be on display until it rains.

The Berkeley Street Art Festival aims to raise awareness of “good” products designed to benefit the communities they serve. Shop for Good Village was introduced to the street art fair last year.It has an upgrade loop and Recycled items are ethically global products such as vegan or organic.

Darlene Rothman, executive director of the Berkeley Area Chamber of Commerce, said the merchandise produced by Shop for Good Village has a lasting impact.

“It’s a whole different level of commitment and dialogue, and I don’t think the public feels more empowered and wholehearted than coming to a fun day to watch and engage with art.”

One of the artists participating in this year’s Good Village store is Angie Schultz from Michigan-owned Better Way Designs. Her company works to help women get out of trafficking and into a stable state.

Schultz said it feels good to be part of the Shop for Good Village.

“The more we sell, the more women we can hire. Anytime we can put our name and our product out there, that’s even better.”

Photo courtesy of Kamryn Lowler, Account Executive, Catalyst Media Factory


Listen: Darlene Rothman and Angie Schultz talk about this year’s festival and its importance to the Detroit metro art scene.


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  • Tia Graham is a reporter and weekend edition host for 101.9 WDET. She is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she had the privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his 2014 trip to Lansing.

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