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Update: ArtsFest to host public meeting

Posted: April 17, 2014 - 7:32am

As part of its preparation for the 2014 ArtsFest, the Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA) will hold a public meeting to seek input from the public. The meeting will be held Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library on Tyler Street.

Plans for this year’s ArtsFest, scheduled for October 3 and 4 in downtown Conway, already include artists displaying their work during the Art Everywhere walk, musical performers and hands-on activity booths for people of all ages. The public meeting will include a discussion of ArtsFest activities already planned, as well as exploration of other possible activities, vendor selection and volunteer opportunities.

ArtsFest chair Beth Wilson Norwood believes that attendance will be greater than at previous festivals.

“ArtsFest 2014 will be hosting some exciting new events, including the first ever Art Everywhere walk, an exhibition in which artists will install works of art in unexpected and exciting locations in Downtown Conway,” said Norwood. “We are also excited to announce that we will be moving our Friday ‘Light Up the Night’ event from Simon Park to Van Ronkle and Rodger’s Plaza. This move will allow us to handle a larger volume of visitors as well as provide new opportunities for performances and activities. With these changes, it seems a perfect time to reach out to the community and explore other ideas to make ArtsFest the best it can be.”

“Artsfest is such a great way for our community members to come together and celebrate the arts,” added Hendrix College Dean of Students and ArtsFest Planning Committee Member Jim Wiltgen. “Almost all of the events are free and the Saturday Arts in the Park events are terrific for families. It’s our hope that the public meeting generates new ideas to enhance the festival.”

Conway Alliance For The Arts (CAFTA) is an umbrella organization that includes representatives from Conway Community Arts Association, Conway Symphony, Conway League of Artists, University of Central Arkansas, Central Baptist College, Hendrix College, Conway Public Schools, St. Joseph School, and Conway Christian School. Its mission is to promote the arts in Conway and Central Arkansas through a unified forum.

ArtsFest is a festival dedicated to that unification and to showcase the wide variety of arts and artists at work in Central Arkansas.

For information about becoming a supporter of Conway Alliance for the Arts, email conwayallianceforthearts@gmail.com.

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