SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – UPDATE: Due to forecasted wind and rain, the Arts on Waters Block Party has been postponed. The event will now take place 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Waters Avenue Shopping Center.
An upcoming block party is looking to celebrate the improvements being made along Waters Avenue.
The area has already gotten a facelift in the form of new sidewalks, benches and lighting.
Now, city leaders and community members plan to add a fresh coat of paint to areas along the avenue.
The Arts on Waters initiative commissions local artists to curate window displays in storefronts and paint murals.
Lissette Garcia-Arrogante, the Director of the Cultural Resources Department for the City of Savannah, says the current installation at the Waters Avenue Shopping Center is the first of many art projects in the neighborhood.
“This project is something that right now in our country is a dynamic discussion on how we can use the arts as a driver to activate neighborhood revitalization and community engagement,” said Garcia-Arrogante.
By reintroducing art back into the community, city leaders say this will drive economic opportunities back into the area.
Manny Dominguez, the Director of the Office of Business Opportunity for the City of Savannah, says the block party is one way to draw attention to the business opportunities along Waters Avenue.
“It’s really an opportunity to celebrate the community and the surrounding neighborhoods,” said Dominguez, “but also celebrate the power of art to sort of bring economic development to an area.”