Deck Art 2019 Kicks off May 9 & 10

This year, close to 400 artists from all over metro Detroit, Ohio as well as over 50 Downtown Rochester businesses are participating in Deck Art 2019. In its ninth installment, Deck Art 2019 is a skateboard art competition and exhibition. Artists submit one-of-a-kind artwork using skateboard decks as a canvas. These decks will be on display in downtown Rochester businesses beginning May 9, and will be celebrated with a two-day event on May 9 & 10.

Deck Art 2017

Deck Art 2019

The Thursday Night Kickoff will take place on May 9 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Attendees will preview Deck Art and also a professional graffiti artist, Shades Detroit, will be joining us on Fourth Street for a live mural creation both nights. Kids can also partake in a craft activity located outside 308 Main from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Deck Art will continue Friday, May 10 with the official Competition and Exhibition Crawl from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Crawl will begin at any participating business where attendees and artists can pick up the official “Crawl” maps. Artists aren’t informed of their artwork’s placement, so they must “crawl” from business to business until their artwork is found. The kids’ craft will continue outside of 308 Main as well as the mural creation from Shades Detroit on Fourth Street.

A panel of judges from Paint a Miracle (Rochester) will select one winner from the five categories – elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and adult. Winning decks will be identified with a special ribbon.

“Deck Art continues to grow and evolve year after year,” said Jenna O’Dell, Events Coordinator at the Rochester DDA. “It’s expanded from an event that originally took place in just two downtown businesses, and we are honored that the previous owner of Deck Art, Linda Gallaher has let the event continue with the Rochester PSD.”

View the list of participating businesses who will display the artwork. All artists have the option to sell their artwork. Specific details will be listed next to each deck. For more information, please call the Downtown Rochester at 248-656-0060.

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