Biddeford’s first ArtWalk was April 26, 2007. Artists Nancy Kureth and Jared Radding conceived of the idea which was based on Portland’s successful First Friday. Kureth and Radding organized a group show at the North Dam Mill and recruited Portland-based band Phantom Buffalo to perform in the mill. The event was a result of the Twin Cities Cultural Plan that was completed in 2006.
After the first ArtWalk, the downtown group Heart of Biddeford and other volunteers got involved, making it an ongoing monthly event. Venues initially included Franklin Street Art Space, Gallery 265, Youland’s Jewelry, Bebe’s Burritos, Wiggle Weigle Books, and some of the studios in the North Dam Mill. The event expanded to include venues in Saco in 2013, and operated as the Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk until 2018.
Since 2009, Biddeford ArtWalk™ has been coordinated by Engine, a local nonprofit community arts organization and takes place on the third Friday of the month from 5:30-7:30pm. In 2021 Engine is joining forces with Common Roots Studio to co-produce this community event.
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