It's easy to go to Gallery Hop and admire paintings while drinking with friends. But how often do we get the chance to experience the artistic process, to see an artist at work?

It's easy to go to Gallery Hop and admire paintings while drinking with friends. But how often do we get the chance to experience the artistic process, to see an artist at work?

If you're like me and don't have many artist friends, Urban Scrawl might be your only chance.

More than 40 local artists will spray, brush, drip and fling paint onto 8-foot-by-4-foot panels during the annual Dodge Park event.

"The idea is that the artist is completely free to do what they want to do with the panels," said Jim Sweeney , director of the Franklinton Development Association .

While the visual artists get creative, local skateboarders and musicians will show off their stuff. A skateboarding competition will be held in the afternoon, and there'll be live music all day.

For the second year, the Franklinton Arts District asked the Columbus Music Co-op to select the bands. So you know they'll be good.

The music lineup is pretty diverse, ranging from the funky eight-piece Mojoflo to all-female, metal-tinged trio Behind You with Knives. The co-op invited Franklinton-based 0 to 60ish, a bunch of seasoned musicians who play classic covers and other bluesy rock, to display some of the neighborhood's talent.

"We always like to have residents and members of the neighborhood represented," said Erin Moore, executive director of the Columbus Music Co-op.

This year's event is going to be bigger than previous Scrawls. Beyond the music performances, the b-boys of Shaolin Funk will awe the crowd with their jaw-dropping breakdancing moves.

The Ohio Diamond pedicab will provide free rides along the newly opened bike path. And for the first time, the event includes the Green Home Fair, with vendors and demonstrations teaching ways to make your home more eco-friendly.

"The point is to attract people over to Franklinton for a positive experience and to promote it as a safe and fun place to visit," Sweeney said. "Franklinton doesn't deserve the reputation it has, and people discover that once they come and enjoy themselves."