EASTON, Md. – The inaugural Easton Arts District Culture Crossing was successfully launched on Saturday, July 13. Culture Crossing is an artisan’s summer showcase celebrating the diversity of Easton’s neighborhoods. It is the first event being presented by the Easton Arts District. Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly M. Schulz recently announced Easton as one of two new Arts and Entertainment Districts in Maryland.
As an open-air style market, Culture Crossing features art made or performed by locals of different cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds. The outdoor market is located beside the Rails-to-Trails in Easton along East Ave., between Goldsborough St. and Dover Rd. The area was a natural choice for the cultural event because it is in the heart of one of Easton’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods.
“Easton has long been a destination for the fine and performing arts,” Discover Easton executive director Ross Benincasa said. “However, true art takes many forms, and the Easton Arts District Culture Crossing will be a wonderful example of the art that is created across the many communities in Easton.”
The event is Easton’s first along the Rails-to-Trails park at this location. After review and approval by the Town of Easton Park Advisory Board and Easton Town Council, dates were set for July 13, August 17, and September 14, 2019. The July 13 event was well received by the community, the vendors were extremely happy with the turnout, and the neighborhood was excited to see the space used for a public event.
Culture Crossing has been spearheaded by local artist Josepha Price. As an East End resident and teacher of the arts, Josepha recognized a need for more activities that celebrate all cultures in Easton. More importantly, she wanted to see more events that everybody feels welcome and included in. With the first event under her belt, Josepha is pushing even harder for more artists and cultural representation at the next Culture Crossing events.
“We have room for at least 20 different artisans of varying styles,” Price said. “’We’re featuring more than wall art. We’ll have demonstrations, music, poetry, face painting, and free art for youth during each event. We are working hard to give voice to those that are feeling a little less audible.”
For more information regarding Easton Arts District Culture Crossing, and to apply to become a vendor, visit their website at www.eastonculturecrossing.com. For up-to-date information on the artisans and vendors attending each event, follow @EastonCultureCrossing on Facebook and Instagram.
About Discover Easton: Discover Easton is a marketing, promotion and events non-profit organization operating as a member of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. The mission of Discover Easton is to enhance, promote and preserve the vitality of Easton’s independent merchants which benefit business owners, residents and visitors; and to bring awareness to the Town’s historical roots and lifestyles. For more information regarding Discover Easton and its events, please visit www.discovereaston.com or email . Stay connected to Discover Easton on social media: @discovereaston.