8 Ways To Optimize Your Time At Artscape: A Retrospective

by Alena Flick

Because I had to help out with a show, I only had about an hour to peruse Artscape. Artscape is a big event! I wasn’t sure how I was going to get the whole experience in such a short amount of time. However, I managed, and I have some suggestions about how to make the most of your time at Artscape, for when it rolls around again next year.

1. Look at things. This is kind of the whole point of Artsape, but it’s worth saying anyway. You’re there to admire the art, so admire it.

Just also remember to…

2. Keep moving. If you’re short on time, it’s best to keep walking. There’s a lot of ground to cover. You don’t need to stop at every booth. Remember, the wares they have prominently displayed are probably their very best, in order to draw you in. If something really grabs you, sure, you can stop, but don’t go rifling through shirts at a booth where none of the ones on display really appeal to you.

3. Buy food. The experience just isn’t complete unless you’ve crammed your face full of something abominable for your health.

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Deep-fried candy bars are always a safe choice.

4. Relatedly, please stay hydrated. Bring a water bottle, but, just so you know, mine emptied out pretty fast. The drinks are pricey, but the hospital is pricier. Don’t pass out, just buy some lemonade.

5. If there’s someone dancing, break rule #2 and go ahead and stop and watch for a little bit. It tends to be pretty fantastic.

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6. Do your best not to get lost. I was flying solo, but I can imagine that Artscape would be even more enjoyable with some friends, but seriously, beware the crowds.

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Stick together. Have cellphone numbers for panicked calls when one person ends up three streets over. Play it safe.

7. Know where the open buildings are. I actually went to Artscape twice (one time was just spent entirely passing out fliers), and it rained both times. Anticipate the weather, my friends. overcome the elements. Hide out somewhere–for example, in a fancy Catholic church where a Renaissance-themed a capella group is performing.

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8. Have fun! Yes, I’m going there. the cliched ‘have fun’ rule. But, as much as you might be inspired to break this rule just to spite me, go ahead and do it anyway. You’ll be happier.

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