Arts and the Park - Arts Festival

Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 8:00am

Various Venue in Hot Springs
Hot Springs, AR 71909

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Arts and The Park, The annual ten-day spring festival celebrating the arts in Hot Springs will take place from April 30th through May 9th with indoor, outdoor, in-person, and virtual offerings.

Arts and The Park is hosted by the Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance as part of the organization’s mission to celebrate the arts and culture of the Hot Springs area. Eager to return to its full schedule of events, the 2021 Arts and The Park will include live performances, workshops, children’s events, and exhibitions. However, due to coronavirus concerns, the 2021 events will adhere to mask and social distancing guidelines in order to ensure the safety of presenters and attendees.

In honor of the centennial celebration of his birth, the 2021 Arts and The Park festival will honor local music legend Henry Glover. Henry Glover was a pioneering songwriter, producer, arranger, AandR man and musician. This overall theme of the festival is intended to recognize the 2021 centenary of the musical innovator who changed the sound of American music.

A few titles in Glover’s deep catalog include: “Fever,” “Drown In My Own Tears,” “Teardrops On Your Letter,” “Blues Stay Away From Me,” “California Sun,” and “The Peppermint Twist.” Glover’s incomparable contributions to the American songbook would be enough, but he did much more. As a ground-breaking African American producer of country music, jazz, and early RandB, his prolific work in the late 1940’s helped create a new genre, even in segregated America.

This project was funded in part by a grant from the Black History Commission of Arkansas.

Studio Tours –  Artists open their studios for on-site tours on May 8 – 9.  Studio Tours are presented in partnership with Riser Ford. Wildly popular among festival goers, Studio Tours is a free self-guided tour that allows visitors to catch a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the artistic process.

Soul’s Food – The Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance is launching a campaign to nourish the hungry soul. In cooperation with local food banks, HSACA will coordinate the project which will provide small pieces of original art created by local artists, to area food banks for distribution with emergency food boxes.  Over the past year many have relied on local food banks in order to feed their families. This will allow these families to not only have access to food, but also to the beauty of original artwork to feed the soul.


HSACA is working to update the calendar of events to reflect evolving Covid-19 guidelines. The 2021 festival will utilize virtual, in-person, indoor, and outdoor events. We ask that all participants at live events practice social distancing and wear a mask.

8:00am: Kollective Coffee Gallery Hosted by: Kollective Coffee Type: Gallery
10:00am: Studio Tours Hosted by: Whittington Gallery Artists Type: Demonstration
10:00am: Studio Tours Hosted by: Riser Ford Type: Event
10:00am: Studio and Gallery Tour Hosted by: THAT Place Studio by Gigi Type: Gallery
10:00am: American Art Gallery Hosted by: American Art Gallery Type: Gallery
10:00am: Dryden Pottery Hosted by: Dryden Pottery Type: Gallery
10:00am: Gallery Central Hosted by: Gallery Central Type: Gallery
10:00am: Justus Fine Art Gallery Hosted by: Justus Fine Art Gallery Type: Gallery
11:00am: Trunk Show with Julie Reardon Hosted by: Art Orginal-ly Type: Gallery
11:00am: Art Original-ly Hosted by: Art Original-ly Type: Gallery
12:00pm: Junk Art: Trash Into Treasure Hosted by: Emergent Arts Type: Workshop
1:00pm: Peter Pan Presented by Hot Springs Children's Dance Theater Hosted by: Hot Springs Children's Dance Theatre Type: Performance
9:00pm: The Ohio Club Players Hosted by: Ohio Club Type: Performance

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