Arts & The Park, the ten-day celebration of the arts held each spring in Hot Springs, Arkansas was rescheduled for September 25 – October 4 with outdoor and virtual offerings. Arts & The Park is hosted by the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance as part of the organization’s mission to celebrate the arts and culture of the Hot Springs area. Previous Arts & The Park festivals have included live performances, workshops, children’s events, and exhibitions. However, due to coronavirus concerns, the 2020 events had to be rethought in order ensure the safety of presenters and attendees. Some of the highlights of this years festival included:
Art Moves Outdoor Art Exhibit to be installed along the Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail – Ten images of original art have been selected by Arkansas artists with the theme “Art Moves” depicting physical, natural, and social movement. The artwork is reproduced on 30″x40″ metal sheets which are installed along the trail that runs beside Hot Springs Creek. A QR code with links to an artist statement about the work is located adjacent to each piece. This outdoor exhibit encourages everyone to go outdoors to enjoy nature and art during the festival and throughout the fall. The Art Moves exhibit is presented in partnership with the City of Hot Springs Parks & Trails and City of Hot Springs Arts Advisory Committee.
Chalk Walk: A Sidewalk Chalk Event – During this event, participants were encouraged to create Children’s literature-themed works of art using colored chalk in their own driveways or in local public paved lots. Photos were posted on the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance’s Facebook and Instagram pages and tagged with #hschalkwalk and #hotspringsarts2020. Chalk Walk was presented in partnership with Walmart.
Children’s Book Giveaway – Hundreds of books and kits, for kids to make their own books, were given to area children free of charge in order to encourage a love of the art of literature. The Children’s Book Giveaway was presented in partnership with the Hot Springs Community Foundation.
Virtual Studio Tours – In order to allow the public to visit artist studios, virtual tours of the creative spaces of area artists is hosted on the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance’s website. Some of the artists also opened their studios for on-site tours on Saturday, October 3. The Studio Tours will be presented in partnership with Riser Ford.
Gallery Walk – The first Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m. Hot Springs area galleries and participating studio spaces open their doors for Gallery Walk. New exhibits, art events, and opportunities to meet featured artists, continue to make Gallery Walk a must for visitors and residents alike. A special Arts & The Park Gallery Walk will provide virtual visits to the gallery exhibits and features.
Presented by Arvest Bank, Arts & The Park provides a great way to immerse yourself in the arts. Support for Arts & The Park is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
A huge thank you to all of the 2020 Arts & The Park Sponsors