Challenging, uncertain, and unprecedented are a few words to describe 2020. During this challenging year, thank you for supporting our downtown community. Whether you shopped local, volunteered with a downtown nonprofit, ordered take-out from a downtown restaurant, stocked up on … Continue reading 2020: In Review
Earlier this summer, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announced that a pair of murals will be painted downtown this summer as a part of the Fresh Waves project. In a few weeks, one of these murals will be painted … Continue reading Second mural to be painted as part of Fresh Waves this summer
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
The Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is looking for artwork to highlight on a new set of banners downtown that will be hung for the 2020 holiday season. The DDA is seeking art from local artists that will replace the … Continue reading DDA Seeks Local Artwork for Winter Set of Banners
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
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
Written By Kingsli Kraft | March 20, 2019 This spring, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority will be replacing the banners on the tall light posts throughout downtown. Rather than ordering stock designs, the DDA is hosting a Downtown Banner Art Competition, calling for local artwork that showcases the creativity and vibrancy of our community. This year’s theme for artwork is “Downtown Vibes.” We want to see what inspires you about our downtown. What makes our downtown unique? What do you think defines Downtown Alpena specifically? The Banner Art Competition will be accepting entries from now until April 20th. Digital entries … Continue reading Alpena DDA Announces New Banner Competition
It’s been another great year in Downtown Alpena. Three new holiday events and promotions, a new bar crawl with live Shakespeare performances at each stop, ten new businesses, new Christmas decorations, and an art-tastic collaboration with Art in the Loft— … Continue reading The Alpena DDA Annual Report 2018 is here!
The Alpena Downtown Development Authority in conjunction with downtown businesses will be hosting the first ever Downtown Gingerbread Competition. For $10 anyone can enter a gingerbread creation into the contest. All creations will be on display in several downtown businesses … Continue reading Downtown Alpena’s First Ever Gingerbread Competition
The fifth-annual Chowder & Chili Cook-off is only a few weeks away– and like last year’s event, the cook-off will be completely zero-waste with the help of a local group of students. What does it mean to be zero-waste? Zero-waste events … Continue reading Alpena Chowder & Chili Cook-off to be zero-waste event
If you’ve been downtown lately, you may have noticed a new pop of color (or three!) in some of the windows. Maybe you were driving along Chisholm and thought to yourself, “was that a giant green hotdog in a hot … Continue reading #REACHourpotential: Bringing Color Downtown
APPLY HERE About the Program The DDA is looking for creative, outgoing, and motivated individuals to be Downtown Ambassadors. Downtown Ambassadors share their positive experiences downtown on Instagram on designated Posting Days during a three month season. Participants must… Be … Continue reading Downtown Alpena Ambassadors Program!