On August 7, Created Commons partnered with Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery for the Lowrider Block Party in the Westwood/Delridge neighborhood. All day long, the block between Roxbury St. and Delridge Way SW came to life with a showcase of lowriders, live art, performances, and local vendors.
Take a look at some highlights from the festivities:
Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery brought together local collectives, food vendors, artists, and performance groups to fill the block with music, dance, art, and community. Participating groups included Easy Duz It Car Clu, La Sala, Emerald City Soul Club, DJ Bugzy Beatdown, 206 Zulu, 40Low, and Joyas Mestizas.
Lined up along the block, Easy Duz It Car Club showcased a variety of their lowriders for the community to admire.
Founded in 1988, Joyas Mestizas is Seattle’s first folklórico youth group. They brought the beauty of traditional Mexican dances to the streets of White Center.
Guests were also welcomed into Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery to experience the Lowrider Art Show, featuring a variety of work from local artists.
“The Lowrider Block Party was a dream come true. It was amazing to see so many in the community in such great spirits. The high attendance of the event proved that the community was eager for the opportunity to express our cultura.”
– Judy Avitia-Gonzalez and Jake Prendez, co-directors of Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
The Lowrider Block Party is a part of Created Commons: Neighborhood Edition, a new ARTS initiative that transforms outdoor spaces across Seattle into venues for spectacular temporary arts and cultural extravaganzas. This program is created by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) in partnership with the Department of Transportation (SDOT), and Seattle Parks and Recreation, and community curators.
All photos courtesy of Lupe Carlos III, Sergio Avitia, and Diego Hurtado.