Post Date: 09/04/2020 4:55 PM

OCALA, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2020) – Due to inclement weather, the First Friday Art Walk will move to the Ocala Downtown Market, 310 SE Third St., 6 to 9 p.m. The event was originally scheduled to take place throughout the downtown area.

The covered market will provide the necessary weather coverage, while allowing patrons to interact with artists and local art organizations and maintain social distancing practices.

(The original release, distributed Friday, Aug. 14 is below for reference) 

OCALA, Fla. (Aug. 14, 2020) – The First Friday Art Walk is scheduled to return to downtown Ocala Friday, Sept. 4, 6 to 9 p.m. The First Friday Art Walk occurs on the first Friday of each month, September through May.  The following activities will be included in September’s event:

  • 6 to 9 p.m. – Hands-on art activities and demonstrations for all ages provided by local non-profit arts and cultural organizations, local artists selling their works throughout downtown and participating businesses with extended hours.

Hands-on art activities, which are provided by the participating community arts organizations, will be a one-use, make and take item. Sanitation protocols will be in place at each art station, and each activity provided will be health and safety conscious.

The City of Ocala has taken the following safety measures and precautions due to the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • Implementation of a sanitizing station at the Information Booth (Downtown Square)
  • Digital Art Walk map available by QR code
  • Artist and organization locations will be properly social distanced
  • Eliminated live performances on the Downtown Square to avoid crowding
  • Provide signage to communicate safety measures throughout downtown

Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings, maintain social distancing, frequently sanitize their hands, and utilize cashless transactions where applicable.

Participating Artists and Organizations will be encouraged to wear face coverings, sanitize their booth frequently, provide hand sanitizer, provide cashless transactions (i.e. Venmo, Square, etc.), and practice social distancing at their booths.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Department at 352-629-8447 or artwalk@ocalafl.org; or visit www.ocalafl.org/artwalk.

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