Friday, May 10, 2013

Yes, we are still here...

Yes, the Downtown Art Market blog is still here.
It's inexcusable  that I haven;t been even remotely regular in posting, but we have been very regular in sustaining the DAM through it's forth year. May of 2013 marks the 4th anniversary of the first Downtown Art Market. Time really flies when you're having fun, and we did have fun in 2012. That year saw the biggest jump in the market since the beginning. The increase in the food growers and producers drove the traffic and all of our artists benefited. Big, big numbers in the kind folks who supported us. Thank you one and all.

Now it's May and the market is coming up on Saturday the 11th, a somber anniversary in Lubbock, 43 years since the storm that changed our community. I wasn't here then, but have heard about it and seen the changes myself in the 40 years I have been in Lubbock. Changes that have been good for the community arising from necessity, due to tragedy. The strengthening of a community.

We have developed quite the community at the DAM, both the vendors and the folks who support us and we are very thankful for that. We are determined to keep that community together, we've made it 4 years we can make it for 40 more. The Downtown Art and Farmers Market will continue to grow and flourish under the care of everyone in Lubbock. We will continue to be a shining example of what can be accomplished by individuals coming together for a greater cause. A bright spot in the continuing resurgence of downtown Lubbock, an event that will bring together folks from all over Lubbock and the rest of the South Plains.

Folks, if you know anyone who hasn't come to the DAM yet, let them know about it. If you've come once, please come again. Tell your friends, your family, your neighbors because this is the way that community projects keep gaining steam. Word of mouth, you can't buy it and you can't do without it, it is what fuels little projects like ours. The buzz that happy people create when they talk about the artwork they purchased, how great the fresh eggs and vegetables were that they purchased there, what an enjoyable time they had visiting with their old friends and the new ones they met, that buzz s what keeps us motivated to bring y'all the Downtown Art and Farmers Market each month. Yes that buzz of goodwill is all we need.

Thanks all-
Larry Simmons