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Downtown Alpena prepares for second year of mural project, Fresh Waves

Earlier this week, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) released its applications for artists and locations for this year’s mural as part of Fresh Waves, the new initiative to add more public art in Downtown Alpena. Fresh Waves was launched … Continue reading Downtown Alpena prepares for second year of mural project, Fresh Waves

Local campaign, All in for Alpena, launches to support area small businesses

Alpena is home to an amazing community of small businesses. Locally-owned restaurants. Small shops selling homewares, jewelry, gifts. Art galleries. Professional offices. Wineries, brewery. All of them contribute the diverse mix of businesses that make Alpena what it is. Many … Continue reading Local campaign, All in for Alpena, launches to support area small businesses

Collaborative, Welcoming and Playful—New Artistic Community Center, Artbox, Opens Downtown

Written by Kingsli Kraft | February 27, 2020 Close your eyes and imagine this: You’ve just arrived in Downtown Alpena. It’s a crisp day in March. You’ve parked your car and you’re crossing Chisholm Street walking up Second Avenue, heading … Continue reading Collaborative, Welcoming and Playful—New Artistic Community Center, Artbox, Opens Downtown

Studio Rubedo focuses on well-being, authenticity through art and meditation

“A sanctuary for art and meditation,” reads the welcoming sign at Studio Rubedo, downtown’s newest art gallery located at 213 W. Chisholm St. Learn more about the space and programming offered by Brian Schorn, interdisciplinary artist and owner of the studio. Continue reading Studio Rubedo focuses on well-being, authenticity through art and meditation

Downtown Business Owners Partner with DDA to bring Rise Artisan Market to Life 

Written by Kingsli Kraft | October 4th, 2019 This fall, a small group of business owners—with help from the Downtown Development Authority will bring a fun new event to Downtown Alpena: Rise Artisan Market, a pop-up market that will be … Continue reading Downtown Business Owners Partner with DDA to bring Rise Artisan Market to Life 

DDA to host free family zone at Alpena Blues Festival

The Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will also be partnering with the festival and hosting a free Family Zone from 12- 4 pm. Located just outside the main Blues Festival area, the DDA Family Zone will be completely free and located in front of the State Theater on Second Avenue. Continue reading DDA to host free family zone at Alpena Blues Festival