Check out the arts festivals happening around the world this fall and early winter. Here is a partial list to get you started on your art adventures:
September – December Washington, D.C.
5×5 – The largest, temporary public art project in the nation’s capital 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. For 2014, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) issued a call for curators who were asked to explain how they view Washington, D.C. through a curatorial lens, and how they would approach temporary public art in the city. The five 2014 curators are: Lance Fung,Shamim Momin, Stephanie Sherman, Justine Topfer, A.M. Weaver. Learn more about the 5×5 Project in Ronit Eisenbach and Welmoed Laanstra’s article from issue 47.
September 13 – October 5, 2014 Vevey, Switzerland
Festival Images will once again change Vevey into a real ‘town of images’. Unprecedented installations by national and international artists as well as new talent will be displayed throughout streets and parks as well as on building façades. Overall, 68 projects, each customized for its location, will be presented. While 28 of these occur out-of-doors, several additional free exhibitions are organized in various venues throughout the region. Between new works tailor-made by and for the Festival and iconic works reinterpreted for public spaces, Festival Images offers the the opportunity to experience photography in a monumental format.
September 24 – October 12, 2014 Grand Rapids, Michigan
It is rare that the public has any say in who receives an international art award, yet ArtPrize strives to do exactly that. For nineteen days, downtown Gran Rapids is transformed into a public exhibition featuring over 1,500 artists from the US and abroad. Everyone is invited to share their opinion of art and why it matters as well as to cast their vote for who should win one of ten cash-awarded prizes.
September 26 – October 2, 2014 Hong Kong, China
Around Sound Art Festival explores the sound arts with site-specific installations and performances. The festival follows a three day retreat in Japan dedicated to learning about sound and space.
October 1 – November 1, 2014 Philadelphia, PA
The city of Philadelphia celebrates public art with Mural Arts Month, a month-long series of events that facilitate education about and appreciation for the many murals that enliven their streets. Activities include art walks, mural dedications, a TED-inspired talk and a community block party.
October 4-13, 2013 Reedsburg, Wisconsin
Fermentation Fest commemorates food and farming culture with talks, classes, performances and more. Be sure to check out their Farm/Art DTour, a 50-mile self-guided trek through Saulk County perfect for car, bike or buggy. The route is lined with temporary farm-themed art installations, performances and rural culture education sites as well as artist-built Roadside Culture Stands where you can buy plenty of fresh, local produce to fuel your journey. You can download a map on their website.
October 9-12, 2014 New York / Manhattan
Art in Odd Places (AiOP) This year is the tenth annual public art and performance festival presented along 14th Street in Manhattan, NYC from Avenue C to the Hudson River. This year’s theme, FREE, addresses what it means to create art in a city where artists can no longer afford to live.
October 17-23, 2014 Atlanta, Georgia
Elevate 2014, presented by The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, is a celebration of the vibrant Atlanta art scene. This year’s event explores the theme of ‘Social City’ with works by over 100 artists that are sure to keep you on your toes. Elevate serves as a way to encourage visitors and residents to explore the heart of Atlanta, to stimulate cultural and social exchange, and to help revitalize areas of the downtown. This year’s art will include everything from installations on buildings, projections, sculptures and street performers to mobile art galleries in dumpsters. With several interactive pieces, the city will be ripe for exploration, discovery and conversation.
October 25, 2014 – January 25, 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana
Prospect.3: Notes for Now (P.3) is the third installment of Prospect New Orleans, the International Contemporary Art Biennial held across New Orleans. Featuring work by more than 50 contemporary artists installed in more than 15 locations (including museums, community centers and independent neighborhood sites), the thirteen-week exhibition is founded on the principle that art engenders social progress. P.3 is expected to attract 10,000+ visitors and generate $5-10 million in economic activity. The biennial will be free and open to the public (general admission may apply at participating venues), Wednesdays through Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and will be closed on the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.