A showcase of art across genres, compelling public installations, kids’ activities and more. Kent Third Thursday Art Walk, held monthly from 5 to 8 p.m., offers an artsy experience for the whole family.
Conceived by the Kent Downtown Partnership to encourage and boost creative endeavors in downtown Kent, the monthly art trek showcases different artists and their work, and features live music, food-truck fare and kids’ art activities—all for free. It’s a great way to discover local artists and explore Kent’s vibrant arts scene.
Art Walk locations vary from month to month, but Artsy Fartsy Art Lessons is always a good place to begin.
Stroll between participating businesses to view exhibits, and sometimes see the artists in action. Along the way, take in public art installations scattered throughout downtown, from a whimsical metal penguin sculpture to a dramatic mural of the Green River Valley tucked into a pocket park on 1st Avenue.
If you’re able to attend March 15, you’re in for a big bonus. The 24th annual Kent Student Art Walk, a celebration of National Youth Arts Month, will be held in conjunction with the Art Walk. Nearly 25 downtown businesses and the Centennial Center Gallery will exhibit art created by more than 600 students from the Kent School District. Can’t make it on March 15? Student art will be displayed at participating locations through March 23.