The Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is excited to announce they have received a grant for $14,350 for their 2023 Fresh Waves mural project. The grant, issued through the Michigan Arts & Culture Council, will allow the DDA to commission … Continue reading DDA receives $14,350 grant to add murals in alleyways this summer
Enjoy nearly thirty sparkling ice sculptures on display throughout the streets of downtown, stores open late to warm up and shop, and burn barrels with cozy fires during the Alpena Ice Fest on Saturday, February 12, 2022 that starts off … Continue reading Browse nearly thirty ice sculptures throughout downtown at Ice Fest on February 12
August 9th, 2021 | Written By Kingsli Kraft We are so excited to be collaborating with Irving Entertainment to host the Premiere of the Fresh Waves Documentary shot by Irving Entertainment in 2019, the year Fresh Waves, Downtown Alpena’s Mural Project … Continue reading Attend the Fresh Waves Documentary Premiere this Thursday!
July 23rd, 2021 | Written by Kingsli Kraft In early June, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) resumed one of their regular summer events, Coffee and Cars. Coffee and Cars began in summer 2020 as a casual event for classic car … Continue reading Every Saturday Morning Enjoy Coffee & Cars in Downtown Alpena
We are only a few weeks away from Fresh Waves 2021, the third of year of the project created to bring vibrant, one-of-a-kind artwork to Downtown Alpena lead by the Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA). This year, eight artists will … Continue reading Fresh Waves 2021: Meet the Artists
Written by Kingsli Kraft | July 2, 2021 If you tuned in to Coffee with Kingsli this morning on Facebook Live, then you already heard some of these updates! We are posting them here as well to add all the … Continue reading Celebrate Fourth of July Weekend in Downtown Alpena
Written by Kingsli Kraft | June 22, 2021 The Alpena Downtown Development Authority is hosting Chalk-it Up this Saturday, June 26th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Chalk it Up began in late summer 2020 as a way to encourage … Continue reading Chalk it Up in Downtown Alpena this Saturday!
May 28th, 2021 | Written by Kingsli Kraft Memorial Day has always felt like the gateway to summer, or at the very least, it’s the metaphorical sign on the side of the road that tells you just how many miles … Continue reading What does Summer 2021 look like in Downtown Alpena?
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
Written by Kingsli Kraft | November 29th, 2019 Now that we’ve all had a chance to enjoy our Thanksgiving dinners with family and friends, we are officially in the thick of the holiday season. We’ve learned from Buddy the Elf … Continue reading 11 Ways to get in the Holiday Spirit in Downtown Alpena
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
Written by Kingsli Kraft | June 14, 2019 For fifty-three years, Thunder Bay Theatre has been leading conversations about difficult topics in our community through the shows they perform on the stage at 400 N. Second Avenue. Just last year … Continue reading Thunder Bay Theatre and Art in the Loft Tackle Difficult Conversations in Series of Diversity Panels