Brownes Addition neighborhood council to discuss the future of Artfest this evening

Brownes Addition neighborhood council to discuss the future of Artfest this evening
Brownes Addition neighborhood council to discuss the future of Artfest this evening

Safety issues surrounding the annual Artfest are the concerns of the Brownes Addition neighborhood. They’ll be discussing the future of Artfest at their monthly neighborhood council meeting tonight. 

Rumors surrounding the event potentially moving to Riverfront Park have been circulating the community. The Brownes Addition Twitter even called this discussion: kind of a big deal.

The neighborhood’s priority is safety for pedestrians and drivers. Rebecca Bishop, marketing and communications with the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, confirmed that the lack of room for EMS crews, if that situation should arise, is an issue.

The museum and neighborhood council executives are meeting prior to the council meeting before they make a decision about moving Artfest downtown.

“It was very congested last year and we had some complaints from the neighborhood,” Laura Thayer, museum programs manager, said. She continued, “We’re always looking at options to improve our program.”

Event Details: To learn more about the issue, attend tonight’s neighborhood council meeting. They begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Gilkey Community Room at the MAC (downstairs conference room). If you’re unable to attend, follow my live-tweeting of the council meeting at @blushresponse. A Storify of the tweets will be posted later that evening.