It is hard to believe that it has been 19 years since I moved from the MLK neighborhood to Creston. And within these two decades, we have seen a lot of slow growth that is actually quite beautiful in so many ways.
Part of the evolution began when a group of us local neighborhood artists via the Creston Neighborhood Association decided to adopt Creston to bring greater attention to the region and what it could offer our community members via our then-annual event, Christmas in Creston. We envisioned a vibrant neighborhood beyond the boarded-up windows and empty stores that made up our community’s business district.
Joining a long line of art- and community-focused events that seek to build upon this neighborhood’s focus on the value of artists to our community’s sense of place, comes the debut of the re-branded/re-imagined festival Creston. After Dark
On July 13, between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Plainfield Ave. between Leonard and Grove, Creston. After Dark will feature an evening of live music (AB & The Collective, Pink Sky), an artists market, performance artists, food trucks, and a lot of local businesses staying open later to welcome you.
In addition, we are happy to see that the community-envisioned plan for more public artworks is still being realized with the debut of six new murals in this neighborhood. On this night you will have a chance to tour all six and meet the artists behind our newest additions to the street.
There will also be kids activities with games, performances, and prizes.
This free event produced via Lions & Rabbits
and a host of volunteers is open to all and is a good reflection of why so many in this neighborhood want to #KeepCrestonFunky
. With art and neighborhood projects like this, we couldn’t agree more that these neighbors are fulfilling this community’s vision.