People luring you into an alleyway sounds like a bad idea, but not when it's a bright alley, dotted with galleries, artwork, food and drink.
That's the idea behind the Art in the Alleyway event scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7 from 4-9:30 p.m. In an effort to raise awareness about the Alley Arts District plans for gentrification — which have been conceptualized by HB&A Architects and Planners and promoted by Brett and Lauren Andrus of the Modbo and S.P.Q.R. — members of Leadership Pikes Peak: Leadership NOW!'s class, with the help of Mayor Steve Bach's Streetscapes team and HB&A, will set up a "pit stop" for pedestrians in the alley running north and south of Bijou Street between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street.
Here's the gist, from an e-mail from spokesperson Chelsie Reynolds:
We will be a "pit stop" for the pedestrian traffic, rerouting them to walk through the alleyway to stop at the Modbo art gallery and continue on to where our team will be, located in the alleyway behind Remax. We will be getting donated artwork from youth at Spring Creek, Bemis Art schools veterans program, and Cottonwood artists to display along the alley walls, and project the proposed renderings that HB&A is providing to show people what the future could be for the alleyways if we could connect arts and culture in the community.
They hope to also have a food truck, coffee barista and beer to serve to visitors.
For more on the event, click the pdf, and for more on the Streetscapes team, visit their Facebook page here.