UPPER MANHATTAN — Art lovers will have more than 100 opportunities to celebrate Northern Manhattan’s blossoming arts scene as an uptown arts group plans to kick off its month-long festival on Thursday.
The tenth annual Uptown Arts Stroll has grown from a one-day event to a month-long opportunity to see 120 events at 40 venues. It is led by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), a consortium of uptown artists, community leader and cultural organizations.
The event kicks off Thursday, May 31, at the United Palace Cathedral on Broadway and West 175th Street, and will include exhibitions of paintings, music and theatrical performances, wearable art, fiber arts and drawings.
The shows will be hosted at venues as far north as the Indian Road Café on Indian Road and West 218th Street in Inwood and as far south as the Rio Penthouse Gallery at the southern end of Washington Heights at 10 Fort Washington Ave. and W. 159th Street.
According to organizers, the broad array of artistic events through the neighborhoods reflects an art scene that has swelled over the past several years, demanding more space.
"We have always had a thriving art scene," NoMAA executive director Sandra Garcia-Betancourt told DNAinfo earlier this year. "But what's amazing is that we now don’t have to go downtown to enjoy it."
A full list of events and studios featuring work for the festival is available at the Uptown Art Stroll site.