20. The Uptown Arts Stroll

Beginning in 2003, the Uptown Arts Stroll has been celebrating art and culture north of West 135th Street. While it began as a one-day event, over the years it has come to develop into a month-long experience that highlights local artists, businesses, community leaders, and institutions. With the help of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, the Uptown Arts Stroll uses spaces between West 135th Street and West 220th Street to light up Northern Manhattan for the month of June with events including art exhibitions, open studios, concerts, and a variety of performances. 

One of the new exhibits to debut in the 2023 Uptown Arts Stroll on June 10 is The Rise: Art in the Heights. The exhibit will transform vacant storefronts in Washington Heights’ high-visibility locations to create interactive art exhibitions for passersby to enjoy. The Rise aims to emphasize what the concept of rising means to people of different socioeconomic backgrounds and privileges and to showcase local New York artists and the residents and merchants who live in Washington Heights.

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