ARTwalk is a trail meandering through Rochester's Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA), essentially an independent museum without walls, exhibitis coming from the cultural institutions, schools, artists' studios, merchants and entertainment venues in its path. It currently includes the stretch of University Avenue between the George Eastman House (at Russell Street) and the Memorial Art Gallery (at North Goodman Street), with hopes to expand to adjacent streets.
In March of 2000, ARTWalk was awarded a state grant for $232,800.
It has since been recognized through numerous publications and received the following awards:
First Place in the U.S. Conference of Mayors "2003 City Livability Award"
Uncommonly Good Award, the Common Good Planning Center - Winter 2003
The 2008 event scheduled for September 14, 2008
According to their website:
Along ARTWalk you can find various pieces of public art, be it visual works, or practical things such as park benches or bus stops which are artfully designed. Art is even imprinted into the sidewalk!
ARTWalks' mission statement:
"ARTWalk is a unique outdoor museum. Our Mission is to strengthen, connect and unify the community through increased engagement with and support of the arts."
ARTWalks' Vision statement:
"The ARTWalk Vision is to be a thriving, spirited and passionate model for positive change and economic revitalization of urban spaces everywhere through its delivery and promotion of compelling and engaging outdoor arts and cultural programs."