Mayfair Festival of the Arts 2013 poster has been revealed!
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Mayfair, Inc., producers of Mayfair Festival of the Arts, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Allentown, PA.
Since 1987, Mayfair Festival of the Arts has been the Lehigh Valley’s premier multidisciplinary arts festival.
As a true multidisciplinary arts festival, we offer to our community the works of: painters, dancers, jewelry designers, photographers, drummers, set designers, sound mixers, trumpeters, sculptors, guitar players, storytellers, potters, sax players, singers, wood workers, actors, comedians, bead makers, glass artists, clothing designers, and many, many others. Additionally, we have sections featuring culinary artists and those making art for the garden.
KidSpace at Mayfair Festival is a family favorite. Kids and families visiting KidSpace will enjoy hands-on art experiences created by arts educators, marvel at a full range of performances on KidStage, and get into the action in the interactive theater space.
And we have food vendors who will serve up everything from gourmet delights to good-old fair food.
Mayfair Festival of the Arts was started by community members–and remains so decades later. The visionaries associated with Mayfair understand the power of an outdoor arts festival to unite a community:
“In sheer numbers, attendance rates for festivals far exceed those for many single types of art activities–classical music concerts, for example, or theater, ballet, or opera. But the size of their audiences is not the only characteristic that merits serious study of arts festivals. Festival audiences, on average, are more diverse than those for many other types of live art events.” ~Live From Your Neighborhood: A National Study of Outdoor Arts Festivals
The genesis of Mayfair Festival is a visual arts exhibit. In the first years of Mayfair, our artists were juried by the Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At one point in time we offered classical music concerts (including a grand piano) in the Rose Garden, and installed million-dollar sculptures and ran dance programming among them in Union Terrace. As funding for arts decreased over the years, the Festival took root in one place: Cedar Beach Park. It’s there that we combine the visual arts in our Artist Market with the performing arts on stages throughout the park.
We are committed to maintaining this exceptionally low-to-no cost approach because we know there are many in our community who cannot afford the regular ticket prices of Lehigh Valley theatres, concert halls and art galas. We provide the performances for which other institutions charge exponentially more, and access to the types of visual arts that few have the opportunity to see. We are giving our community members the opportunity to experience the arts in a casual way, at a very low cost, thereby developing new arts audiences for our fellow arts institutions.
What many may not know about Mayfair is that we partner with area schools, offering school groups a field trip opportunity at no charge. While most other nonprofits choose to charge field trip attendees, Mayfair offers this arts education to hundreds of school children at no cost. In a time when arts education is diminishing in our schools, Mayfair Festival of the Arts offers arts opportunities that children may not otherwise receive.
Our mission is multi-layered. We work to bring new art forms to the community; to showcase visual and performing artists; to increase audiences for the arts; to develop future artists and audiences through educational programming; to build a sense of community; and to showcase the Allentown Park System. To that end, we produce: MAYFAIR FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS.
Mayfair Festival of the Arts 2013
On the grounds and in the exhibit halls on the western end of the Allentown Fairgrounds.
Arlene Daily – Executive Director
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michael Hill – President – PPL Corporation (retired)
Debbie Schur – Secretary – Boshart Industries
Manuel Balserio – Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.
Nicole A. Chupa - Buckno Lisicky & Co.
Tara Craig – City of Allentown
Tom Gorr – St. Luke’s
Renee Lorenzetti - Allentown School District
Pete Schweyer – Allentown City Council
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