TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– 20 local artists had a chance to showcase their work in downtown Terre Haute during the first Sixth Street Arts Festival on Saturday.

One of the artists was Emily Bennett, who also helped organize the festival. She said the festival is a new iteration of an old event that would happen several years back.

Bennett, who is also the director of education at the Swope Arts Museum, said the festival was a part of a push from local organizations to promote people in the area.

“It’s really great, there are some really cool arts organizations in town that really focus on supporting local artisans through gallery showings, through festivals, through teaching classes and things like that,” she said.

“There are just highly motivated people in positions of leadership right now in our arts organizations right now.”

The event took place on Sixth Street between Wabash Avenue and Cherry Street. Some artists were selling their work, while others performed for audience members. The festival also included activities for children, like drawing and building.

Bennett said she hopes the festival will become an annual event downtown, and can help get more people involved in the community.

“Everyone doing things together is what’s really going to make Terre Haute better.”