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Edwardsville Arts Center plans for eighth year of festival

The 2022 Edwardsville Art Fair Sponsorship Drive is inviting participation by families and businesses.

One-year sponsorships and three-year sustaining sustaining sponsorships are available to support the arts while promoting business. The arts center will be reaching out to past and potential sponsors throughout July to ensure there is ample time to include sponsorships in marketing materials and more.

Art Fair 2021 was a huge success for the Edwardsville Arts Center and participating artists reporting over $300,000 in sales.

A variety of entertainment, treats, and artwork greet visitors. The Edwardsville Art Fair enriches the community and has become the largest cultural event in the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area due to generous support of the sponsors, artists, volunteers, and a board of directors.

Sponsorship deadline is July 25, 2022. Interested sponsors can visit the website for details at www.edwardsvilleartscenter.com.

Mark Wylie, the Presenting Sponsor for the next five art fairs, reflects on his support.

“The Art Fair is a local treasure. It brings a diverse group of people together in celebration of the arts, providing an opportunity for artists to showcase their talents and for neighbors to gather in a fun, enriching environment. It brings dollars to local businesses, helping to strengthen our community. We look forward to the Art Fair weekend every year and are grateful to be able to help keep this tradition going,” said Wylie. Sustaining sponsorships allow for continuous resources for future planning and development. The EAC has provided exhibitions, art education programs, and events for the past 21 years and continues to grow as a cultural center.

Many new artists have applied this year making the jury process tougher. Board members are planning for onsite entertainment. Details are also expected to be released about a planned VIP party for sponsors, Artini in the main tent; lists of artists; food vendors; and the stage lineup.

The Mystery Box committee will again be looking for donations for the boxes full of fun and craft ideas for kids.

The Edwardsville Arts Center is a community visual arts center located in Edwardsville, featuring local, regional, and national artists in its exhibit space.

Call the Edwardsville Arts Center at (618) 655-0337 or visit www.edwardsvilleartscenter.com.

Below, a scene from a past fair.

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