Art lovers rejoice. On Saturday, downtown Berkley is set to transform into an outdoor art studio for the Berkley Street Art Fest. From 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., chalk artists will create colorful street art with a chance to win prizes.
The fair will feature a closed street environment for residents and visitors alike to experience the city.
Chalk will be provided and visitors can pick a spot on the pavement to create art that will be on display until it rains.
The Berkley Street Art Fest aims to bring awareness to “good” products, items that are made to benefit the communities they serve. The Shop for Good Village was introduced to the street art fair last year. It features upcycled and recycled items that are ethically produced global products, like vegan or organic goods.
Darlene Rothman, executive director of the Berkley Area Chamber of Commerce, says the items produced in the Shop for Good Village are made to have a lasting impact.
“It’s a whole different level of commitment and conversation that I think the public walks away from feeling strengthened and more whole-hearted, in addition to coming to a fun day for seeing and participating in art.”
One of the artists participating in this year’s Shop for Good Village is Angie Schultz from Michigan-owned Better Way Designs. Her company works to help women out of trafficking and into stability.
Schultz says it feels good to be a part of the Shop for Good Village.
“The more we sell, the more women we can hire. Anytime that we can get our name out there and our products out there, the better.”
Photos courtesy of Kamryn Lowler, Account Executive for Catalyst Media Factory
Listen: Darlene Rothman and Angie Schultz talk this year’s festival and its importance to the Metro Detroit art community.