+Saturday (pronounced “Plus Saturday”) was created by the CCIC Artists in recognition of the demand of alternatives to First Friday. As the evening can become very crowded with many events throughout the city, having additional time to appreciate art and interact with artists has become a priority. Together, the two events become “First Friday + Saturday,” and allow visitors to the CCIC time to take in the work of the 90 artists throughout the building.
“There’s so much to see each Friday, and it’s only growing,” said artist Anthony Armstrong. “With the welcome additions of new artists at the CCIC, and the ever-growing support we experience each First Friday, our new +Saturday will offer artists and the art community another great opportunity to take in what the CCIC has to offer.”
“In the waning days of IDADA, a survey indicated that art appreciators wanted more weekend opportunities to take in art,” said former IDADA president and current Full Circle Nine Gallery president Joy Hernandez. “Among the artists here, there was a want to have another chance to interact with art patrons, to not just have First Friday alone. I think this regular event answers both of those needs.”
November also marks the grand opening of newly-added second floor studio spaces, adding 22 new artists to the CCIC and bringing the total number of artists within the CCIC to 90. The Circle City Industrial Complex has become a destination for art appreciators and supporters of local work. Just northeast of the Mass Ave. Art and Theatre Cultural District, at 1125 Brookside Ave., the CCIC Artists First Friday programming is a must-see stop, while events and viewable hours continue throughout the month.
The Main Entrance of the building (identified by its black marble façade) provides easy access to both the South Studios and the North Studios (with a wheelchair accessible ramp and elevator). Maps of the building are also available in several locations to help visitors find all that the building has to offer.