Stifft Station is officially in the sights of PopUp in the Rock 2018.

Started in 2012, the rapid community development initiative has set out to showcase the "under-utilized" potential in Little Rock. At each PopUp, a joint project between studioMAIN and Create Little Rock, the team sets up temporary installations that turn public spaces into creative, community-oriented areas.

By using donated and found materials, PopUp in the Rock constructs stages, seating areas, vendor booths and similar structures in hopes of inspiring long-term change for the neighborhood

From June 16 - July 7, PopUp Stifft Station will host a variety of activities, including the transformation of the parking lot at Johnson and West Markham streets to house movie screenings, a beer garden, food trucks and live music.

New for the 2018 event is a partnership with West Markham commercial property owners, some of which will house pop-up shops for local vendors like Stone's Throw Brewing, Electric Ghost, Arkansas Yoga Collective, Stifft Spine Used Books, Crying Weasel Vintage Clothing and more.

There will also be what the PopUp team calls a "road diet" on West Markham between South Booker and South Cedar streets. This project will temporarily condense the street from four lanes of traffic to three in order to widen sidewalks and make pedestrian crossings more safe.

To celebrate, PopUp Stifft Station is offering a free all-day event filled with food, entertainment and shopping on Saturday, June 23. Keep an eye on the PopUp in the Rock Facebook page for details.

If you want to learn more about PopUp in the Rock and how to get involved, check out the organization on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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