This spring’s Whittier Artists in Storefronts project was enough of a success that a sequel is already in the works.
Project coordinator and participating artist Joan Vorderbruggen announced a second run beginning July 21 that will feature new artists and more opportunities for community involvement. Just like the first time around, the exhibition will occupy vacant and underused storefronts and facades in and around Nicollet Avenue in Whittier, also known as Eat Street.
Vorderbruggen’s plans to get more neighborhood residents and visitors involved in the project include hosting a community “yarn-bombing” event during the exhibition. Community members also will be invited to help create a mural with mosaic artist Angela Carlson Talle. A Sept. 9 closing-day street festival will take over the 24th Street pedestrian bridge, a link between the Whittier and Phillips neighborhoods that arcs over Interstate 35W.
Artists and storeowners can apply to participate through July 9 at the project’s website, artistsinstorefronts.com. Participating artists will be announced July 11.