50 Years of Originality: A History of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

In 2009, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair marked its fiftieth year of connecting artists and art lovers. During that time, Ann Arbor's original art fair expanded from 142 artists sitting on the street to an internationally-recognized art fair. It spawned three additional art fairs held at the same time each year, with which it draws more than half a million visitors to be one of the largest art fairs in North America. Despite the growth of the art fair, some goals haven't changed from summer to summer, particularly the goal of bringing great art to Ann Arbor. To learn more about the development of the art fairs in Ann Arbor, read Grace Shackman's article Flower Power in Bloom from our Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now collection.

This project seeks to document the 50 year history of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair through words, images, and sounds; click on the history panels below to read about the path the Art Fair has taken browse a collection of over 100 images including photos and promotional materials listen to the memories of art fair participants and visitors, or watch videos to remind yourself about what has made the art fair last a half century.

    
1959-1960
    
1960-1969
  
1970-1979


    
1980-1989
    
1990-1999
  
2000-2009



This exhibit was originally produced for display at the 50th Annual Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.
Concept & Content: Royce Disbrow
Graphic Design: Julie Rodriguez
Print & Production: DIY Decals + Signs

Comments

Very cool snapshot views of each era!


I love to goto the Art Fair. It is real fun.


It's amazing to see how the Art Fair changed so much...


When I click on the link for "Flower Power in Bloom", I land on a page that says "You are not authorized to access this page." and no article is visible. (How am I gonna find the all important Stemmed info if I can't read it?? :^)


That link has been fixed, camelsamba. Thanks for letting us know!

-andrew


I love going to the art fair. They're really exciting!


i love all the color use


We look forward to the Art Fairs every year.