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Call for Artists: Scottsdale Arts Festival

March 11-13, 2011

Scottsdale, Arizona

Outdoors at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

200 artists

Deadline: October 12, 2010

In a community renowned for its devotion to the arts, Scottsdale has one arts festival that rises above them all. Now one of the top-ranked arts festivals in the country, the award-winning Scottsdale Arts Festival features 200 jury-selected artists from throughout North America, top-notch live music and entertainment, fun activities for kids and families, delicious cuisine and much more.

Scottsdale's glorious spring weather complements the beautiful park-like setting of the Festival, creating a wonderful environment that attracts more than 30,000 residents and tourists.

The Scottsdale Arts Festival is produced by the nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council and proceeds from the event support the programs of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Up to 190 artists will exhibit in the 2011 Festival, including the invited 2010 award winners.

The professional staff of the Scottsdale Arts Festival provides an outstanding experience for exhibiting artists.

· Artists are treated to a special artist hospitality area offering a complimentary continental breakfast, beverages and snacks throughout the day.

· A strategic marketing campaign targets local and visiting art consumers through media partnerships in print, radio, television as well as direct mail, visitor guides, concierges and social media. The average attendee is a married, college-educated professional between the ages of 30-65 with annual income of $50,000 - $150,000.

· Local hotel partners offer special discounted rates for exhibiting artists and their guests.

· Dedicated hospitality and volunteer booth sitters also are available to assist artists. for more information or call us at 480-874-4644.

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Comment by Alison Armstrong on October 5, 2010 at 10:06am
I've done Scottsdale several times, it is a lovely place and the artists are treated well. But I'd have to take issue with their claim that the "average attendee" is "between the ages of 30-65." I would say that well over half of the attendees are well over 65, and the most common phrase I hear is "I love your work, sweetie, but I have no more space on my walls." It has always been slow for me in terms of sales, and if the weather is less than perfect (last year was windy), it turns into a ghost town quickly. But I have to say it's the most relaxing show I've done - easy parking and setup, a lovely park-like atmosphere, and dedicated and helpful staff.
Comment by Leslie Jensen on March 18, 2011 at 1:04pm
This was our first Scottsdale Arts Festival, and it was a success. The park setting is beautiful, with fountains and actual green grass. The paths meander a bit too much... some booths may be overlooked. But we had a great spot with lots of traffic. The live music, on two stages, was excellent--and the artists were treated well with breakfast and lunch available each day. The staff and volunteers were extremely helpful. The quality of art was among the best I've seen. Traffic was highest (and weather coolest) early in the day. Kids activities, a public art display (camera obscura), online auction, wine tasting and other activities provided fair-goers with plenty to do and see all day. Our sales were brisk, including some follow-up sales after we returned home. We will definitely make the long trip from Minnesota to Scottsdale again next year if we are asked back.


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