The Ravenswood ArtWalk’s 11th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry is still months away, but organizers are already recruiting artists and volunteers, as well as announcing a few changes to the popular neighborhood event.
The tour, which has grown to more than 150 artists, is shrinking its footprint to make the walk more manageable for attendees, and in the process encouraging more to take in the event end to end. Where last year’s tour measured more than two miles, running from Cornelia to north of Lawrence, this year’s promises to be more compact, from Irving Park to Lawrence. Artists previously situated in far flung buildings will be moved to more central locations.
Outdoor tents, introduced in 2011 and positively received by visitors, were thought to concentrate visitors’ attention toward one portion of the tour. Organizers have tweaked the layout to position several outdoor tents near each end of the walk, in the spirit of creating a more complete art walk experience. Each tent will feature artists grouped according to a particular theme, such as “Print & Paper.”
The 2012 Tour of Arts & Industry is scheduled for Sept. 28-29.