Monday, September 24, 2012

Kudos rolling in for Cheyenne's inaugural 17th Street Arts Festival

Arts Cheyenne reports this in its latest newsletter:

More than 2,500 area residents attended and celebrated Cheyenne's first community-wide arts festival, the 17th Street Arts Festival, last month. Arts Cheyenne and the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority hosted the event on the new Dinneen Downtown Plaza.  The Festival featured dozens of visual and performance artists in the large Artists Tent and on the Performance Stage, located on 17th Street under the new 17th Street Lighting Project.  Hundreds of artistically-minded young people also took part in the participatory children's art and dance workshops at "Emmie's Corner." You'll find a showcase of all the Festival photos on the Arts Cheyenne website.

Post-festival evaluations from both attendees and artists were enthusiastic, with high marks for organization and art sales to patrons.  Comments included:
  • "Keep doing it.  Cheyenne needs more things like this." (Attendee)
  • "What a great new tradition.  It's nice to have colorful community events in Cheyenne." (Attendee)
  • "I was stunned and impressed.  People commented on how excited they were that Cheyenne was doing this type of event." (Artist)
  • "This show had it all.  Kudos to you folks.  I'd like to come back next year." (Artist)
The Festival also received support from sponsors and grant sources, including the Dinneen Family, Cheyenne Regional Medical CenterCheyenne Light, Fuel & PowerWEST, Inc., CBS Channel 5TradersVisit Cheyenne, the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, and the Wyoming Arts Council.

Planning has already begun for the 17th Street Arts Festival next summer . . scheduled for August 16-17, 2013, also on the Dinneen Downtown Plaza.  

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