The Roseville Downtown Development Authority is bringing back  the Art Stomp art festival in Roseville’s Utica Junction area for  the first time since it was founded in 2017. The event will  feature artist booths, live music, food and drinks.

The Roseville Downtown Development Authority is bringing back the Art Stomp art festival in Roseville’s Utica Junction area for the first time since it was founded in 2017. The event will feature artist booths, live music, food and drinks.

Photo provided by Eric LaFata


Roseville Art Stomp to once again rock Utica Junction

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 28, 2019

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ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Art Stomp is returning to bring a fun day of fine art, danceable music and tasty snacks to the community.

Organized by the Roseville Downtown Development Authority, the Art Stomp is scheduled for noon-5 p.m. Saturday, June 22, in the Utica Junction area, located around the intersection of Utica Road and Gratiot Avenue. It will be the second Art Stomp, with the first one having been hosted in 2017.

“It is our second Art Stomp,” explained DDA vice-chair Gina Aiuto. “We have local artists, music and members of the community showing off their creations. We will have a beer tent at the Stonewood Bar, kids games, food and other snacks. There will be vendor booths for the art on the city’s community use space. The live music will be in that area as well, but it will be spread out along the whole area around the Utica Road and Gratiot Avenue intersection.”

“We have paintings, arts and crafts, and everything else you would see at an art festival,” added Eric LaFata, the DDA chair. “We’re trying to get businesses to put out displays for the day of the event. There will be a kids area with a bounce house and some other attractions. … People should come down and see downtown Roseville and see everything we’re doing to improve things and make the community a better place and enjoy the art, the music and all the other attractions.”

Local officials said they are glad to have the event back.

“This is exactly the kind of event we want to have in Roseville,” said Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins. “This is tangible progress that shows how well the city is doing and the work the DDA has accomplished.”

Aiuto said the inspiration for the event came from local artist Ed Stross, and that he was the reason they thought they could pull off a proper art-focused event.

“Ed Stross is a local artist, and he joined the DDA board and he wanted to do an event focusing on different art mediums,” she said. “Art is so vital to a downtown area, so having an artist on the board was very exciting and a great way to encourage others.”

The Art Stomp didn’t take place in 2018 due to the city tearing down the abandoned building in the Utica Junction area to make way for the creative art space in which the event will now be centered around.

“There were issues with the property being sold last year, so we couldn’t do it last year, but we are glad to have it back,” said LaFata. “The DDA board got started four or five years ago, and we have been trying to improve the area and draw people in and make it more of a downtown. We think this is a great way to accomplish all of that.”

The organizers think having such an event in Roseville is a step forward for the city and a great addition to the summer experience for residents.

“Having a free community event where the whole community can stop by and check out local art and listen to local music and enjoy downtown Roseville I think is something people in this community are ready to get excited for,” Aiuto said. “We think people will really like it.”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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