Introducing a new fundraising event in the middle of a pandemic can be tricky business, but not for the Downriver Council for the Arts.
Walk for the Love of Art and Culture, which is expected to become an annual event, makes its debut Saturday at Heritage Park in Taylor.
This autumn walk is free for participants, but pre-registration is required.
Ayana King, founder of Maximum Communications and one of the event’s promoters, called Walk for the Love of Art and Culture a family-fun, pet-friendly event, with lots to do outdoors.
“In addition to a beautiful scenic walk around Heritage Park, participants can enjoy live entertainment along the route, including belly dancers, a jazz combo, folk artists, kids crafting bags and more,” King said.
The Downriver Council for the Arts is a nonprofit organization located in Wyandotte. Virtual community programs and local art exhibits are of continued interest and importance during the coronavirus pandemic, so members are using the event as a means of spreading the word about all that’s still happening at the DCA.
Visit the DCA website at downriverarts.org to register and for a printable donations form, call 734-512-8374 or email [email protected] The deadline for registration has been extended to Friday.
Participants are encouraged to call upon family and friends for donations starting at $10. Registered walkers with donations totaling $50 or more will receive free raffle tickets at check-in. Raffle prizes include DCA memberships, child and adult art class instruction/supplies, goodie bags and more.
The event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Raffles will be held at the close of the day.
To help keep participants safe, upon registration they will be required to choose a preferred time slot for check-in and walk completion. Masks or face coverings are highly encouraged while on the walking route and should be worn at the pavilion and all other public facilities.
Heritage Park is located at 12111 Pardee Road.
The DCA, at 81 Chestnut in Wyandotte, will be closed on Sept. 26 so that its members can participate in the walk.
The DCA’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in Downriver communities by advocating and promoting the arts, and providing opportunities for involvement and participation in arts and cultural activities.
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