By Sara Hopson, Community Engagement Associate
On Saturday, Andrew and I hit up Davis Square’s annual ArtBeat festival, sponsored by the Somerville Arts Council and Mayor Curtatone. I love downtown Boston a whole lot, but Davis Square will always hold a special place in my heart, and ArtBeat exemplifies why that is - the food, artists, musicians, and businesses in Davis are truly something special.
Along with food stands from local favorites like Flatbread Pizza, Redbones BBQ, Dave’s Fresh Pasta, and Eat at Jumbo’s, Elm Street was awash with tons of great artists displaying and selling their work. One of my favorites was Mike Ritter’s photography booth, where he was selling coasters printed with photos of classic Boston landmarks like Fenway Park and the T. Ritter was also participating in one of ArtBeat’s cooler features: going along with the festival’s “theme” (this year it was ‘red’), he had a corner of his booth dedicated to photographing festival-goers dressed up in an array of red props.
Artisan Asylum was seeing red too: the nonprofit community craft studio worked for the two days of ArtBeat to create a one-story rideable red dragon scultpure, which they were busy with smack-dab in the middle of the square as we walked by.
Several other community organizations set up shop too, for fundraising or just to spread their message. It was great to see so many familiar names and faces come out for a celebration of art, music, and good eats in Davis Square.
Did you go to ArtBeat over the weekend? What was your favorite part? (besides how amazing the food all smelled of course…) Leave a comment below or tweet me @sahopson with cool upcoming events or your experience at ArtBeat.
Flatbread Pizza literally has a mini version of their oven to bring to events like this. Amazing - and delicious.