Kent, OH — In an effort to create more engaging outdoor activities and arts entertainment for the community, the Main Street Kent design committee has developed a web-based public art walking tour in downtown Kent! The team decided wintertime would be the perfect time to get started, aiming to develop at least two or three walking tours by spring. “With people looking for more things to do outdoors these days, we thought this would be a great way to encourage activity downtown, offering safe and interesting excursions to do with family, a friend, or even solo,” stated Main Street Kent executive director Heather Malarcik. “You can grab a coffee or DORA (adult beverages available for outdoor consumption in the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area) and take the tour by following along on your phone. Stop for a bite to eat, do a little shopping, and take your time learning about the many public art features of Kent.” The first walking tour, which can be viewed at https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/6891c14411c54baf8f9a807c94d9f2de, was developed by Josie Myers, Master’s student & Map It! GA, and Jen Mapes, Associate Professor of the Department of Geography at Kent State University. The tour begins near the Haymaker Farmers’ Market mural on Franklin Ave., and winds around the downtown area with walking directions provided from stop to stop. From wall murals to freestanding sculptures, a wide variety of art has been installed in downtown Kent over the years, meant to be enjoyed by all. “It’s great to see the university and city working together to highlight our art and history, while encouraging walking downtown. It’s a win-win for all involved,” shared Jen Mapes. Additional walking tours are in the works, including one about “Early Industrial Kent,” which will include sites like the Silk Mill, Stone Arch Bridge, Kent Block and more. “Kent has such a rich history and is quite an interesting place; we’re excited to share these new opportunities to get outside and learn more about our town,” stated Malarcik.
Main Street Kent is a non-profit organization focused on the revitalization of downtown Kent. It is an affiliate of the national Main Street program and the Heritage Ohio program.
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