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Downtown Art Walk suspended until January

September 24, 2010 |  5:51 pm



The popular Downtown Art Walk, which draws thousands to the galleries and shops of downtown L.A., is shutting down until January, organizers said Friday.

The art walk has grown in popularity, attracting visitors who roam though galleries and feast on items from food trucks. But there has been some debate in downtown about whether the walk has grown too large and unwieldy. Organizers said the walk will return and become a daytime weekend event once a quarter. Now, the walk occurs on a weeknight once a month.

Organizers released the following statement:

The Downtown Art Walk, a downtown Los Angeles institution since 2004, has grown to become the largest regularly occurring event in the center city. In its 6 years of operation it has achieved every one of its slated objectives; re-energizing Downtown Los Angeles, establishing a downtown art gallery district, and acting as a significant economic development tool for a multitude of other neighborhood-serving businesses. In recent years the Downtown Art Walk has grown so large that it has become too costly to manage in its current form. Effective immediately the Downtown Art Walk will go on hiatus, ceasing all event operations until January 2011, at which time it will be reborn as a quarterly, weekend, daytime, gallery-focused event which will appeal to both patrons of the arts as well as the general public.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times