Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I was recently on a Zoom call with about 80 other art fair organizers. It was quite impressive how knowledgeable and empathic they are. Since I have about 40 years of event experience I presented some site plans and thoughts about opening safely. Many people asked for copies, so I thought I should also share them with you all. The basics are below or contact me if you would like copies of our individual show plans. I have three shows coming up in the next two months, and each site (and stage in opening) requires different solutions. Mark@Integrityshows.com
Some basics- To achieve 6' social distancing aisles need to be wider and booths need to be further apart. We're looking at 20' aisles and each space will have an aisle on three sides. Two or three sides should be open to allow a breeze to get through. Ideally, patrons shop from outside the booth. I know that is not practical for everyone. The most important step would be to control access to the event. For example, right now in lower Michigan, events are limited to 100 people at a time, which we would consider too few to operate a show. By next month we expect a number between 250 and 500. In order to be sure that we are not exceeding that it is important to have a single entrance and a good count. This also allows a quick screening for health concerns.
We invite others to borrow these ideas. If you have suggestions, please share them with me. I am not locked in- safety is the key. Our goal is to support the artists this year, so including fewer booths and creating more space is essential. We are giving full refunds if we cancel and have a more flexible cancellation policy for artists. Booth rents are not due until 4 weeks out this year.
We also understand that many artists are not yet ready to jump in. Others are not able to participate due to routing issues- driving a thousand miles for one show is not generally affordable.
Since this will inevitably lead to some artists canceling, we are looking for artists that may be interested. Our jurors will review and select from those that complete the form at www.is.gd/2020fairs. Space will be filled by medium to keep the show balanced.
If you have suggestions or would like clarification please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of these upcoming shows are in Southeast Michigan-
Stony Creek Art Fair July 25-26,
Belle Isle Art Fair, August 1-2,
and we work with the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce on
Art of Fire (Clay Glass and Metal) August 8-9.