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Lexington’s “Art on the Town” program

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Lexington’s new “Art on the Town” program will bring more art to downtown. | Photo by The LEXtoday

Aside from baseball, sports in Lexington are pretty much on summer vacation. And it seems the city is utilizing this downtime to invest in Lexington’s arts community.

Yesterday, Mayor Linda Gorton announced a new arts initiative — “Art on the Town.” The program will showcase eight different mobile art carts placed around various corridors of the Town Branch Trail. The carts will be stationed along Vine Street in groups of two or three, from the Mariott to Broadway.

The Town Branch Trail is Lexington’s newest pedestrian trail that, when completed in the fall, will run right through the heart of downtown — from the Central Bank Center to the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden.

Our favorite part of this initiative is that the mobile art carts will be reservable. Artists can use these carts to showcase and sell their work to both Lexingtonians + tourists.

Imagine this: You’re strolling through downtown on a beautiful Saturday, not having to worry about cars (thanks new greenway) + perusing artwork from Lexington-based artists — paintings, drawings, photography, jewelry + more — that all showcase the best of the Bluegrass. Sounds awesome to us.

The carts can only be reserved by Lexington-based artists who are members of established arts programs within the community. It won’t be people selling glow sticks like at Thunder over Louisville.

The carts will start appearing on the trail in June + artists looking to partake in the program can learn more here.

More community arts news

We’re still three weeks out from June — when we can get our first hands-on experience with the new art carts. In the meantime, check out these other art-focused updates: