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August Arts Festival put on pause

The Silverton Arts Association board has placed the August arts festival on pause for 2024. 

While a recently posted help wanted ad for the festival drew several applications for a potential event manager, the board decided to use the energy of its volunteers to prioritize its central mission: to nurture, exhibit, inform, and promote appreciation and practice of the arts in the greater Silverton area. 

Calling the festival “a beloved part of that work,” the association’s announcement went on to say this year, it is simply not possible for the board to run it alongside the many other programs planned. Those programs include:

• Grant-subsidized art classes for children, including a summer art camp.

• Free and open community arts space.

• A resident artist program.

• Art classes with arts association teachers in the public schools.

• Open art studios.

• Year-round classes and workshops.

• The second annual Silver Falls Film Festival, featuring local filmmakers and art center media students.

Although the board can’t offer the festival this year, it is actively exploring its future. Artists or vendors who have participated are encouraged to apply to Homer Davenport Days, at www.homerdavenport.com/homer-days/.

Those interested in promoting art in Silverton are encouraged to visit the art center, 303 Coolidge St. on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. when SAA board president Jonathan Case volunteers and is available  discuss future endeavors.

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