Virtual Conway ArtsFest 2020

The 14th annual Conway ArtsFest will be held virtually from Sept. 26 through Oct. 3. The 2020 Conway ArtsFest is hosted by Conway Alliance for the Arts, and sponsored by Conway Kiwanis, Silverlake Design Studio, Arkansas Community Foundation – Faulkner County, and Engage Management.


Calls for Submissions

Virtual Art Exhibit
Deadline to enter is Sept. 23. Visual artists of all ages living, working, or enrolled in school in Conway, Arkansas, are invited to submit up to three pieces for inclusion in a virtual art exhibit as part of the 2020 Conway ArtsFest. This is an open call for submissions, but Conway Alliance for the Arts reserves the right to close submissions early or limit number of works shown due to a high volume of entries. The online exhibition will open Sept. 30. To enter, click here.

Black Artists Showcase
The deadline to enter the Black Artists Showcase has passed. Chosen artists will be announced Sept. 23 and will be featured during our virtual event on Saturday, October 3, from 7-8 p.m., as part of the 2020 Conway ArtsFest. Thank you to Silverlake Design Studio for sponsoring the Black Artists Showcase.


Community Art Activities

This year we have two community art activities that you can do from home, the We Create Conway Sidewalk Chalk Project and the Joy in the Window Project! Find instructions and examples of both activities here. Be sure to share photos of your finished projects with us. Submitted images may be shared from Conway Alliance for the Arts social media accounts, in our email newsletter, or on the website. Send in your photos here.


Children’s Art Kits

Thank you to Conway Kiwanis for sponsoring children’s art kits and to the UCA Circle K club for helping us pack them! Each kit includes materials to make the two community art activities above (wax paper, tissue paper, glue stick, safety scissors, sidewalk chalk) plus a sketchbook and pack of colored pencils.

If you are interested in picking up a kit for your child, kits will be available for pick-up for FREE at the Reynolds Performance Hall box office at UCA from Sept. 21 through 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. while supplies last.

Received a kit? Click here to see what you can do with it!


We Create Conway Art Map

Use this form to share art in Conway that may be viewed by the public. Submissions will be placed on a Google Map so that everyone in Conway can see where to find community-created art during ArtsFest 2020! To view the map, click here. The map will be updated once per day during ArtsFest.


Volunteer

We are currently seeking remote/virtual volunteers to be ArtsFest social media ambassadors and to make examples of the community art activities and send in photos! Sign up to volunteer now.


2020 ArtsFest Daily Schedule

Videos and other content in the daily schedule will be linked from this schedule as they are released. Videos will stream on the Conway ArtsFest YouTube account.


Saturday, Sept. 26

Art Activities
Art education students from the University of Central Arkansas’s Department of Art and Design—all future school teachers—will release do-along children’s art project videos to do at home. Sept. 26 projects: tissue paper pumpkins, monoprinting with gelli plates, and accordion fold leaf banner. Project descriptions and supplies needed can be found here.

Conway Schools
The Conway Elementary Virtual Choir will perform “It’s All Good.”


Sunday, Sept. 27

Faulkner County Library
The Faulkner County Library will read Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy, Theresa Howell and Rafael Lopez. This book is based on the true story that led to the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, in which a neighborhood is transformed by the work of a muralist and the people living there. Following the reading, images of murals in Arkansas will be shown.

Zinemaking with the CitiZine Project
The CitiZine Project will lead a virtual zinemaking workshop for teens and adults. A zine is a self-published, easy-to-reproduce booklet used for idea sharing. In this workshop, you will create an eight-page zine reflecting on ideas like voting, citizenship and community. Supplies needed: 1 sheet of copy paper, scissors, drawing/writing utensils. Optional: collage materials like magazines. Completed zines may be mailed to the CitiZine Project for a virtual zine exhibit in late October as part of UCA’s Suffrage Centennial events.

Art Activities
Art education students from the University of Central Arkansas’s Department of Art and Design—all future school teachers—will release do-along children’s art project videos to do at home. Sept. 27 projects: dinosaur eggs, spiky hedgehogs, and tie-dyed turkeys. Project descriptions and supplies needed can be found here.


Monday, Sept. 28

Hendrix College Theatre
Students from Hendrix College’s Theatre and Dance Department will perform a dramatic reading.

Art Activities
Art education students from the University of Central Arkansas’s Department of Art and Design—all future school teachers—will release do-along children’s art project videos to do at home. Sept. 28 projects: raised salt painted flower, yarn wrapped cardinals, and crazy lion. Project descriptions and supplies needed can be found here.

Conway Schools
Ida Burns Elementary and Marguerite Vann Elementary will share music and art.


Tuesday, Sept. 29

University of Central Arkansas Theatre
Students from the University of Central Arkansas’s Department of Film, Theatre, and Creative Writing will perform stage combat.

Art Activities
Art education students from the University of Central Arkansas’s Department of Art and Design—all future school teachers—will release do-along children’s art project videos to do at home. Sept. 29 projects: paper plate fish, finger puppet birds, and crazy monster. Project descriptions and supplies needed can be found here.

Conway Schools
Theodore Jones Elementary and Ellen Smith Elementary will share music and art.


Wednesday, Sept. 30

Virtual Art Exhibit: We Create Conway
The open exhibition of visual art by Conway artists of all ages opens Sept. 30 and will be hosted through the 3D virtual art exhibition platform Art Steps. This exciting format will allow you to virtually move through the exhibit as if you were in a real art gallery.

Art Activities
Art education students from the University of Central Arkansas’s Department of Art and Design—all future school teachers—will release do-along children’s art project videos to do at home. Sept. 30 projects: crazy birds, and toilet paper donuts. Project descriptions and supplies needed can be found here.

Conway Schools
Jim Stone Elementary, Julia Lee Moore Elementary and Conway Christian School will share music and art.


Thursday, Oct. 1

LIVE EVENT: Students Create Conway
This live event from 7-8 p.m. will be hosted by Students for the Arts, a registered student organization at the University of Central Arkansas. The event will feature a hands-on printmaking activity and a virtual art exhibit featuring work by college students. For a list of supplies needed for the activity, click here.

Art Activities
Art education students from the University of Central Arkansas’s Department of Art and Design—all future school teachers—will release do-along children’s art project videos to do at home. Oct. 1 projects: paper loop sunflowers, BIG birds, and crazy bugs. Project descriptions and supplies needed can be found here.

Conway Schools
Carolyn Lewis Elementary and Preston and Florence Mattison Elementary will share music and art.


Friday, Oct. 2

Artist Demo: Chris Swasta
Ceramic artist Chris Swasta will demo how he creates some of his pieces.

Art Activities
Art education students from the University of Central Arkansas’s Department of Art and Design—all future school teachers—will release do-along children’s art project videos to do at home. Oct. 2 projects: salt art and nature prints. Project descriptions and supplies needed can be found here.

Conway Schools
Woodrow Cummins Elementary and St. Joseph Catholic School will share music and art.


Saturday, Oct. 3

LIVE EVENT: ArtsFest Live
The ArtsFest Live event from 2-4 p.m. will feature a variety of guests from the local arts community who will lead activities and perform. Confirmed acts and contributors include the Lantern Theatre, Red Curtain Theatre, Lady J and the Trebled Souls, and local artist Jessica Jones, and more will be announced soon!

LIVE EVENT: Black Artists Showcase
The Black Artists Showcase will be held from 7-8 p.m. and is the grand finale to the 2020 Conway ArtsFest. Local Black performing and visual artists chosen from our call for submissions will be featured. Afroshoujo will headline this event! Thank you to Silverlake Design Studio for sponsoring the Black Artists Showcase.

Art Activities
Art education students from the University of Central Arkansas’s Department of Art and Design—all future school teachers—will release do-along children’s art project videos to do at home. Oct. 3 projects: broccoli stenciled trees and autumn leaf suncatcher. Project descriptions and supplies needed can be found here.