Celebrating local artists at Thea Arts Festival | News
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 27, 2012) - As a proud advocate for the arts in education in Arkansas, the Thea Foundation is passionate about communicating the importance of the arts' role in a student's life.
This charge, along with the support of many in the Argenta community and the state, has led the Foundation to start Thea Art Festival.
"The mission of this first Thea Arts Festival is to raise awareness throughout the arts, education and business communities of the Mid-South region about the Thea Foundation and its initiatives to encourage creativity among Arkansas students through this celebration of the arts in the Argenta Arts District," says Paul Leopolous, executive director of the Thea Foundation.
Twenty-eight Arkansas artists, representing a plethora of mediums, will display and sell their works along Argenta's Main Street today, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the first annual Thea Arts Festival.
There will also be live music, art demonstrations, dance performances, do-it-yourself chalk art, a vegetable garden workshop and much more.
Festivalgoers can enjoy outdoor dining and specials from Starving Artists Cafe, Cregeen's Irish Pub, Reno's Argenta Cafe, the Argenta Market and the Corner Store.
While the Festival itself is open and free to the public, money raised through sponsorship of the festival will help support the arts in schools across Arkansas.
You can find a complete list of events with times and locations here.
Main Street will be blocked to vehicular traffic from Broadway to Sixth Street, but the trolley will continue to operate. Local businesses will be open, and many will have street-side displays and offer specials.
(Source: Thea Foundation)