What’s known here as ‘Williamsburg’s premier art and music festival,’ An Occasion for the Arts will proceed with its 52nd annual show this year.
The organization will do so – like most – virtually.
An Occasion for the Arts will host its kick-off weekend virtually on Oct. 3 and 4, according to a news release from the organization.
More than 90 artists from across the United States will have their art featured on the AOFTA.org website and 10 musical acts will livestream during the two-day event.
“It was an enormous decision to take the show to a virtual platform,” Nancy Wigley, president of An Occasion for the Arts, said in a prepared statement. “But we had tremendous encouragement from the City of Williamsburg, Williamsburg Area Arts Commission and, of course, our Board of Directors to move forward.”
The livestream event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and will feature a combination of live musical acts, artist studio tours, interviews, and other interactive programming.
“We are building a robust and engaging web platform to showcase our participating artists,” Artistic Director Leo Charette said. “The artist studio visits will provide a unique look into how their work is produced and what motivates them.”
The artist web platform will be available until the end of the year and the organization is planning additional programming through-out the fall to continue to drive traffic to artist web stores, according to the news release.
An Occasion for the Arts is also partnering with Steve Prince and The Muscarelle Museum of Art to provide additional programming to include adult and children’s online workshops.
For more information, visit AOFTA.org.
An Occasion for the Arts was founded in 1969 to provide Williamsburg with an opportunity to celebrate art.