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New Yorkers looking for a bargainand a family-friendly eventwere treated to free art and entertainment during the annual Museum Mile Festival. The stretch of Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 104th streets known as Museum Mile was blocked off for three hours, allowing people to wander amongst street performers, bands and food vendors as they made their way in and out of participating museums offering free admission.
Urban Arts Productions produced the event, and turned the street from El Museo del Barrio to the Metropolitan Museum of Art into one big canvas with De La Vega doing chalk drawings and inviting kids and adults to create their own street art. Each of the nine participating museums coordinated its own musical entertainment and hands-on activities to keep festival-goers occupied while waiting in lengthy entrance lines. The National Academy of Design had live models posing for people to sketch and the Museum of the City of New York had tile painting and calligraphy stations. Performer Silly Billy entertained the younger crowd with interactive storytelling and balloon-making, and juggler Josh Weiner showed off his fire-twirling skills.