Back to school will be the focus of this month’s First Friday event, featuring live music, entertainment, work from local artists, and an opportunity to take part in a community art project.
The band OS Love (formerly Slice) will perform some of the classics of Motown, and a school supply drive is slated to support local students.
Participating merchants will have their doors open late and will display the artwork of local artists. Featured artist Valerie Aranda, an associated professor of art at Georgia College, will display her work at Digital Bridges. Aranda is also on the First Friday committee. She is a visual artist, educator and cultural activist from Tempe, Ariz. In her work, she examines the role of women, the impact of religion, spirituality, ancestor worship and the role of life and death cycles in everyday existence.
Regginald Stanley will feature his graphite portraits of famous Georgia natives. He will also give away free school supplies to children from kindergarten to fifth grade.
Donations to support the supply drive may be dropped off at the Milledgeville Mainstreet office, 127 E. Hancock St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday’s event will also feature a back to school fashion show with items from downtown merchants. The show will begin at 6 p.m. at the pedestrian tunnel on South Wayne Street.
Takepart in a community art project to decorate the temporary wall in front of the old Prestwood Graphics building with handprints. Everyone will enjoy participating in this activity to create art in the middle of downtown.
On-street parking may be limited but there are several other parking areas downtown — behind City Hall (with access to downtown through the pedestrian tunnel), next to Sacred Heart Catholic Church/behind the Post Office, in the parking deck and behind the old MidaSweet building.
Activities will begin around 5:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Milledgville.