it’s a crisp, cool saturday morning and I am awake much earlier than I would normally be on a saturday. the reason? arts on foot of course. this will be my first experience with arts on foot, and to top it off i am not just going as a spectator, i am going to represent solas nua. as i hop on the bus headed towards chinatown i wonder what is in store. it’s shaping up to be a lovely day, a pleasant contrast to the expected 87 degree weather forecasted a week ago. before entering the arts on foot zone i have to make a stop at the office and pick up supplies. we promised swag and swag we brought. postcards, brochures, t-shirts, buttons, and top secret codes only for the most trusted individuals.
decked out in my solas nua pink and black, ever the spokesperson, i watch as each curious bystander walks up to our table wondering what in the world is this ‘solas nua’ with the vibrantly pink table cloth (yes we had a pink table cloth, see pictures below) i explain to them what we are and what we do. at first i can see their skeptical eyes silently thinking “contemporary irish arts, what does that even mean.” but by the end of the conversation i can tell their interests have been peaked.
this is the moment i wait for, the moment when someone realizes that the arts in ireland are not just the traditional outlets that so often come to mind. that the artists coming out of ireland right now are relevant and important in so many ways. i remember when i myself had this realization. and that is what arts on foot is for, it creates a place for people to explore the amazing arts community in dc. it allows organizations access to a larger audience and in turn provides this audience with access to the diverse arts world that sometimes seems to get hidden by all the politics of the city. it was great to be able to be a part of it this weekend, and share an organization that i have grown to love with others in the dc community.