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The future of the Salida Art Walk is the topic of a public meeting that begins at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the Steam Plant Annex. The meeting is a frank discussion about the resources that will be necessary to put on an event the size and magnitude of the 2019 Salida Art Walk, as well as a call for volunteers.

“We need help to create a new committee to save Salida Art Walk,” said co-Chair Salida Art Walk Sue Ann Hum.

The Salida Art Walk is in its 27th year, initially created to highlight the work of the artists who flocked to the historic downtown area in the early 1990s. The area became the first certified Creative District in Colorado. As time went, Salida Art Walk featured not just the best local and regional artists exhibiting their dynamic works, but grew to include musicians both on the streets and at participating venues, a variety of unique street performers, and artist demos in many locations throughout the event.

Like any long-term tradition, the original organizers begin to move on or retire, creating the opportunity for new people, with renewed vision and enthusiasm to step forward, which appears to be the case for 2019 Salida Art Walk.

High Country Bank, a long-time supporter of community activities in the Arkansas River Valley, is the primary presenter of the Salida Art Walk. This year’s event is scheduled for June 27–30. Those with questions, or those interested in volunteering but unable to make tonight’s meeting, contact Hum at