b"Cheris, Urban Interiors ownerPromoting EventsDowntown Wichita is a hub for local events, activities, arts and culture. The Downtown Wichita team partners with Visit Wichita to maintain a robust community events calendar on www.downtownwichita.org. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization encouraged event attendance by sending a weekly email highlighting local events to over 5,000 subscribers. These efforts were paused during 2020 and later shifted to highlighting virtual events and local businesses.First Friday Art CrawlThe First Friday art crawl has a positive impact on our local economy by encouraging the community to support local artists. The event provides an opportunity for both residents and visitors to explore local places and connect with the city, therefore by enhancing vibrancy and building on Wichita's unique arts and cultural scene. First Friday is a monthly event that takes place at various galleries, restaurants, shops and more. Artists display and sell their unique work at participating locations during this free community event. Downtown Wichita coordinates with artists and galleries to gather and create a list of all participating locations available to the public each month. Art lovers can also utilize an interactive, mobile-friendly map listing of all participants. Several events were canceled due to the pandemic and a handful of galleries shifted to virtual events. This information is updated monthly on www.firstfridayict.org, which received over 6,000 pageviews in 2020. 2nd Saturday Shopping Event2nd Saturday creates awareness for small businesses and promotes the importance of shopping local for the Wichita economy. The event provides incentive for both residents and visitors to discover new local retailers. Anyone who purchases a reusable 2nd Saturday bag or keycard for $5 will gain access to discounts at participating retailers. Deals and discounts can be found on the event website, www.2ndsatict.com. Once a month, Downtown Wichita works directly with the participating local businesses to update the deals on the website. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the website was used to promote ways to shop local and support local businesses from home. 23"