Check out the arts festivals happening around North America this summer and start making travel plans. Here is a list to get you started:
2014-2016 Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver Biennale – Guided by the theme “Open Borders / Crossroads Vancouver,” the 3rd annual Vancouver Biennale will include a variety of artistic mediums, including music, performance, sculpture, and film. In addition to headliners like Ai Weiwei and Andy Goldsworthy, Vancouver will experience the contributions of 92 emerging artists from all over the world as part of the Vancouver Biennale’s residency program.
June 7-8 Governors Island, New York, New York
FIGMENT New York – Governors Island has been the stage for FIGMENT New York since 2007. FIGMENT is a free participatory arts festival that presents art as an interactive, collaborative, non-commercial experience.
June 14 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Northern Spark – Experience the Minneapolis riverfront in a new light. Northern Spark utilizes open green spaces and bridge underpasses around the riverfront for an all-night arts festival. Starting at dusk, you can explore temporary street installations, witness experimental performances, and view large video projections. Dozens of artists will respond to this year’s theme “Projecting the City,” and articulate through music, dance, video and/or interactive events their idea of what the city could, or should, be.
June 14-15 Lincoln Ave & Wisconsin St, Chicago, Illinois
Old Town Art Fair – For the 65th year, Chicago’s historic Old Town Triangle District will host the Old Town Art Fair, an event featuring 250 artists and a wide variety of mediums, from photography to ceramics to glass, and more. This year, the Old Town Art Fair will also include musical performances, an urban garden walk, a food court, and children’s crafts projects.
June 14–August 14 Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Open Field – The Walker Art Center encourages community-driven cultural projects and activities through Open Field, a summer-long festival that takes place on the center’s green lawn. Community-generated activities have included yoga, skill-sharing, poetry readings, music, and more. Schedule your own Open Field activity, join in on a community event, and/or check out the Walker’s programming. Open Field begins June 14 with the Northern Spark Festival, and ends August 14 with the Internet Cat Video Festival.
June 28 Chicano Park, San Diego, California
FIGMENT San Diego – FIGMENT is a free participatory arts festival that presents art as an interactive, collaborative, non-commercial experience.
July 26-27 Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, Massachusetts
FIGMENT Boston – FIGMENT is a free participatory arts festival that presents art as an interactive, collaborative, non-commercial experience.
July 26-27 Olympic Island, Toronto, Ontario
FIGMENT Toronto – FIGMENT is a free participatory arts festival that presents art as an interactive, collaborative, non-commercial experience.
September 5, multiple locations
Art Break Day – Begun in 2011 by California nonprofit Art is Moving, Art Break Day is now an international event aimed at engaging passersby in the creative process. The purpose is to demonstrate the benefits of artistic creation and the ease with which anyone can take part. Look for an event near you, or organize an Art Break site in your area.
Early September-December, Washington, D.C.
The 5×5 Project – The largest, temporary public art project in the District of Columbia returns in early September, and will culminate with twenty-five unique, diverse, and accessible art works. Five teams of five artists work under the direction of one curator to create works that activate the various District neighborhoods. Teams utilize the environment and its surroundings to generate works that explore themes of social justice while building a relationship with the community. Learn more about the 5×5 Project in Ronit Eisenbach and Welmoed Laanstra’s article from issue 47.
September 27-28 Anacostia Park, Washington, D.C.
FIGMENT Washington, DC – FIGMENT is a free participatory arts festival that presents art as an interactive, collaborative, non-commercial experience.