Wheaton Arts Parade

Wheaton Arts Parade

The mission of Wheaton Arts Parade (WAP) is to bring the Wheaton community together with art and to celebrate Wheaton’s local artists and diverse cultures. WAP activities take place in the Wheaton Urban District and surrounding communities but involve artists from all over Montgomery County. The WAP calendar revolves around the annual Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival that takes place in late September. The Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival is a day for citizens, artists, businesses, and civic organizations to come together, walking to celebrate art and the Wheaton community. At the end of this March for Art, the community gathers at a festival to continue the celebration. The day is inspired by the parade and the closure of roadways to motor vehicles so that people can walk and dance, play music and show off their art. The parade liberates the community’s creative spirit from the confines of everyday life. Freed from their cars, people can appreciate Wheaton at a slower pace, as a walkable community. The highway becomes a path toward creativity and the arts parade calls the community to follow. The parade leads to a festival that continues the celebration of art and Wheaton’s diversity. It is a time to gather in one place and eat together, to listen to music and readings, watch dance, view paintings and sculpture, to talk to each other and even make art. It is a chance for artists to exhibit and sell their work, but most importantly it is a time for local artists to be appreciated

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