Hyattsville, MD – Over 1,000 guests attended the 2nd Annual Downtown Hyattsville Art Festival on Route 1 at Arts District Hyattsville Saturday, May 16, 2009. Nearly 100 artisans displayed their original arts, crafts, pottery, and jewelry with a significant amount of sales success, despite the slowed economy.
The event coincided with the Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour and Mount Rainier Day. A shuttle bus connected all three events seamlessly along route 1, generously provided by the City of Hyattsville, Prince George’s Council Member Will Campos, and Hyattsville Community Development Corporation. Altogether, hundreds of artists were represented in the emerging Gateway Arts District.
“All in all it was an exciting and fun-filled event. The core strengths of Hyattsville and the Gateway Arts District were on display, and demonstrated to be both accessible and resilient. This festival is a real asset and we look forward to seeing it grow year after year, along with a revitalized Route One Corridor,” said Stuart Eisenberg, Executive Director of Hyattsville Community Development Corporation.
In downtown Hyattsville at EYA’s Arts District Hyattsville neighborhood, visitors enjoyed live performances by Nate Trager, Running with Koi, The Summary Band, and JAYAMANGALA. Local favorite Franklin’s Restaurant & Brewery served food, along with Ben & Jerry’s. The shops of Arts District Hyattsville were also open, including ArtDC.org’s Gallery, Design Studio Art Gallery, Café Azul, Book Nook Bookstore, Artists on the Avenue, and 56 Twelve Hair Gallery.
Arts District Hyattsville is leading the revitalization of downtown Hyattsville, Maryland in the emerging Gateway Arts District. Named “Best Urban Smart Growth Neighborhood” by BUILDER Magazine, the community will feature hundreds of new row homes (townhomes), live-work space, art studios and galleries, and a retail town center – all just two miles from DC and within two miles of two Metro stations. Visit www.eya.com/Arts_District_Hyattsville for more details.