CRE8IV mural festival

Block pARTy Events

Along with the creation of the eight large-scale murals, CRE8IV: transformational ART also features five days of Block pARTy Events from May 15 - 19. Each of the events will be held at a different mural site each day and is free to attend and open to all.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Martesha Brown, Director of Advancement, at 815.489.1655 or mbrown@gorockford.com.

Wednesday, May 15

Location: Parking Lot 5 (corner of S. Church Street and W. State Street, Symbols Clothing)

  • 11 a.m. - Festival Kick-Off presentation and release of color powder canons
  • 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Community lunch with local food trucks, live DJ, and mural painting by Yulia Avgustinovich

Thursday, May 16

Location: Lot 4 (324 E. State Street, lot next to Bath & Body Fusion)

  • 4 - 7 p.m. - Family Fest Night including live "bubble" DJ, Once Upon a Dream princess characters, dancing, face painting, caricatures, cotton candy, food trucks, and beverages sold at the CRE8IV Airstream. Meet the artist with Corey Barksdale. Rockford Art Museum activity on E. State Street (between Madison and 1st Streets).
  • First night of Dinner on the Docks at Prairie Street Brewhouse, so stop by before or after dinner!

Friday, May 17

Location: Inside Lucette Holistic Salon & Boutique (508 E. State Street) and 510 Threads (510 E. State Street)

  • 4 - 8 p.m. - The pARTy continues with mural painting, cotton candy, henna tattoos and hair braids by Lucette Salon
  • 4 - 6 p.m. - Meet the Mural Artists with Chris Silva and Molly Z
  • 6 - 8 p.m. - Rockford singer/songwriter Kelly Steward performs with Greg Whitson
  • First night of the season for Rockford City Market, stop by before/after/during!

Saturday, May 18

Location: Lower Jefferson Street & Water Street

  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Downtown trolley art tour. Hop on and off at Riverfront Museum Park (Rockford Art Museum) or Rockford Art Deli.
  • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Baltimore Oriole collage painting at the MakerSpace mural site.
  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Discounted tickets to Rockford Art Museum, enjoy special CRE8IV activities.
  • 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Make a Baltimore Oriole Bird Feeder and tour the MakerSpace building (at the MakerSpace mural site).
  • 3 - 7 p.m. - Birds of Prey activity with a live bird of prey (at the MakerSpace mural site).
  • 6 - 10 p.m. - The pARTy continues with live music, tattoo demonstrations, magician, live painting, food vendors and fire pits. Magical performances will have you in awe as Living World performers join us from California. Audiences from all cultures are struck by the innovative way their performances connect them to the language of art. Meet the Artists with Lisa and Libbie Frost. 
  • Dusk - Fireworks celebration

Sunday, May 19

Location: Wired Cafe Alley (414 E. State Street)

  • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Baltimore Oriole collage painting at the MakerSpace mural site.
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Downtown trolley art tour. Hop on and off at Riverfront Museum Park (Rockford Art Museum) or Rockford Art Deli.
  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Discounted admission to Rockford Art Museum, enjoy special CRE8IV activities.
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Active painting of alley mural by artist Jenny Mathews
  • 12 - 2 p.m. - Audubon Bird Call activity at the MakerSpace mural site.