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Yakelin Velasquez Galvez draws in Easton. The Easton Arts District Culture Crossing will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13.

EASTON — The inaugural Easton Arts District Culture Crossing will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13.

Culture Crossing is an artisan’s summer showcase celebrating the diversity of Easton’s neighborhoods. It is the first event presented by the Easton Arts District. Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly M. Schulz recently announced Easton as one of two new Arts and Entertainment Districts in the state.

As an open-air style market, Culture Crossing will feature art made or performed by locals of different cultures and ethnicities. The outdoor market will be beside the Rails-to-Trails in Easton along East Avenue between Goldsborough Street and Dover Road.

The event’s creators said the area was a natural choice for the cultural event because it is in the heart of one of Easton’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods.

“Easton has long been a destination for the fine and performing arts,” said Ross Benincasa, Discover Easton executive director. “However, true art takes many forms, and the Easton Arts District Culture Crossing will be a wonderful example of the art that is created across the many communities in Easton.”

After review and approval by the Easton Park Advisory Board and Easton Town Council, Culture Crossing is set for July 13, Aug. 17 and Sept. 14.

Culture Crossing has been spearheaded by local artist Josepha Price.

As an East End resident and teacher of the arts, Price recognized a need for more activities that celebrate all cultures in Easton. She also wanted to see more events that welcomed everybody. She approached Discover Easton with the idea for Culture Crossing, and they decided it synced up perfectly with the forthcoming Easton Arts District initiative.

“We have room for 20 different artisans of varying styles,” Price said. “‘We’re featuring more than wall art. We’ll have demonstrations, music, poetry, face painting and free art for youth during each event. We are working hard to give a voice to those that are feeling a little less audible.”

For more information regarding Easton Arts District Culture Crossing, or to apply to become a vendor, visit www.eastonculture crossing.com. For up-to-date information on the artisans and vendors attending each event, follow @EastonCultureCrossing on Facebook and Instagram.

Discover Easton is a marketing, promotion and events nonprofit organization operating as a member of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. The mission of Discover Easton is to enhance, promote and preserve the vitality of Easton’s independent merchants that benefit business owners, residents and visitors, and to bring awareness to the town’s historic roots and lifestyles.

For more information regarding Discover Easton and its events, visit www.discovereaston.com or email welcome@discovereaston.com. Stay connected to Discover Easton on social media @discovereaston.

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