The next Downtown Chandler Art Walk will take place 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, and will feature live music, an artist-of-the-month contest and a new monthly program called "Art from the Heart."

The Art Walk will pair up with a local nonprofit each month in the "Art from the Heart" program to educate the public about the great work the nonprofit does and give the public an opportunity to support that nonprofit through donations. Those who bring donations will receive a coupon offering discounts for purchases that night from participating artists.

September's featured charity is Friends for Life animal rescue, a nonprofit that has a no-kill shelter and is a resource for cat and dog adoptions. Art Walk booths will accept donations of dog and cat food cans and bags, sheets for bedding, kitty litter and plain copy paper.

In addition to artists along the sidewalks of San Marcos Place, there will be artists under the ramadas in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. The popular local band Flash Back will perform hits from the 60s to today in the park. A free art activity for the kids will be available from 6 to 8 p.m., courtesy of Bonnie Lou Coleman and Art Online AZ. Visitors will also have a chance to vote for the artist of the month.

The juried Downtown Chandler Art Walk, under the auspices of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, is open to all artists in the Valley. To exhibit or for more information, go to

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