As Art on the Prairie was getting closer, the Perry “Nudgers” group desired to get involved by hosting some artists in their vacant building on 2nd Street.
They asked organizer Jenny Eklund if that would be possible, and while Eklund told them there wasn’t enough time to put them officially on the route, there was another possibility. Fellow organizer Mary Rose Nichols had informed Eklund there were a few individuals seeking a location for some pop-up art businesses, and Eklund felt the artists would be an ideal fit for the Nudgers building.
The Nudgers group agreed, and the next task was to find a way to get people down to the location, which is a block-and-a-half off the normal Art on the Prairie route. To that end, Eklund says Nudgers members will be out at the event this weekend, directing people to the building. “They’re going to put sandwich boards out, and they’re going to be walking up and down the streets to let people know about the pop-up businesses. But the number one priority too for them, is selling their building and finding new renters and new businesses to go in there. Which has been my goal for a long time for them.”
Looking ahead, Eklund sees a positive growth happening in the downtown area, and she believes Art on the Prairie could be extended all the way down 2nd Street next year. To learn more about Art on the Prairie, listen to Wednesday’s Perry Fareway Let’s Talk Dallas County program at RaccoonValleyRadio.com.