Visual, Performing Arts Showcased in Virtual DP&L Summer in the City Event

The fourth annual Art in the City, a celebration of downtown Dayton’s great collection of visual and performing art, will be held online this year in a Virtual Art in the City, beginning Saturday, August 8, at noon.


The Downtown Dayton Partnership, along with the members of the organizing committee for the annual event, will once again bring more than 100 Dayton artisans together to showcase the creativity of downtown and the Dayton region. A signature event of the DP&L Summer in the City, Virtual Art in the City will be an online experience that will give the community a glimpse into the vast creative offerings of Dayton artists, while also offering ways to participate in their own creative projects from home.

“The decision to move the event online was made after careful consideration regarding the impact of COVID-19, and following the suggestions set by state and local health officials regarding public gatherings,” said Sandra K. Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. “We look forward to the opportunity to connect the community with hundreds of local artists and arts organizations in an online setting, and exploring new and innovative ways to be creative together, while apart.”

Virtual Art in the City will showcase artisans and their creative work through videos, photos, live-streamed performances and demonstrations, a juried art show, and more. The online event will also include parts of Art in the City that guests have grown to love, including interactive elements for individuals and families that will allow them to create from home and share their masterpieces with other Virtual Art in the City attendees. Details about the online event and its content will be released in the coming weeks on the Downtown Dayton Partnership website.

“For the past three years, Art in the City has connected people in our community with talented artists and organizations, and this year, Virtual Art in the City will be no exception,” Gudorf said. “While we miss being able to share this talent in person, guests can take advantage of being able to see and do more arts activities than they could usually fit into a typical Art in the City evening — and all from the comfort of home!”

DP&L Summer in the City and Virtual Art in the City is a program of the Downtown Dayton Partnership and is sponsored by Dayton Power & Light,, the Ohio Arts Council.

Art in the City program partners include The Contemporary, Culture Works, the Dayton Art Institute, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, Five Rivers MetroParks, Front Street Studios, The Human Race Theatre Company, K12 Gallery & TEJAS, The Levitt Pavilion, and Dayton Live.

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