Garland hosts festive outdoor street installation with Better Block
The city of Garland is dipping its toe into the "placemaking" realm this weekend with a street installation on Clara Barton Boulevard, northwest of downtown Garland.
The two-day event takes place Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8, with vintage pop-ups, free workout classes, drinks from Lakewood Brewing, face painting, DJs, dance performances and live-painting of a mural on the corner of 601 Clara Barton.
The city is partnering with The Better Block Project to re-envision the street and inspire residents to think more creatively about public spaces, with a goal of making Garland a more vibrant place to live, work, and gather.
Possible changes to the roadway could include greenery and landscaping, art, shade, improved walkability, and opportunities for community gathering.
The city hopes to test ideas and get feedback that'll be incorporated into the long-term urban design plan for the revitalization of the Valoris Healthpark Garland Medical District.
Better Block is doing the temporary demonstration, but it'll be Dallas-based Studio Outside (AT&T Discovery District, Big Tex Circle) with the City of Garland who implement the permanent master planned improvements.
The launch will have various programming throughout the weekend that include pop-ups from Lakewood Brewing, face-painting with A Grateful Artist, a Tik Tok booth, and music from DJ Jose Guevara, plus scheduled events as listed below.
Friday, October 7, 4-8 pm
- 6-7 pm: Zumba Class
- 6:30-7 pm: performance by Anastasia Flores Dance Company
- 5-8 pm: artist demonstration
... plus pop-ups from Lakewood Brewing, face-painting with A Grateful Artist, a Tik Tok booth, and music from DJ Jose Guevara.
Saturday, October 8, 11 am-3 pm
- 11 am-12 pm: Yoga and Zumba with Summit Gym
- 12-1 pm: mobile spin class with Studio E Fitt
... plus Boogie Nights Vintage, free flu and COVID shots, face-painting with A Grateful Artist, and music from DJ Jose Guevara.
Artist Haylee Ryan will begin the installation of a 3,600-square-foot mural on the corner of 601 Clara Barton. Ryan is known for her "past meets present" style of artwork in the commercial/residential mural space and also in the fine art world.