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An Occasion for the Arts still happening this year, albeit virtually

Musical and dance performances took the stage in 2015 and broughta performance art aspect to An Occasion for the Arts. (WYDaily file/Courtesy of An Occasion for the Arts)
Musical and dance performances took the stage in 2015 and broughta performance art aspect to An Occasion for the Arts. (WYDaily file/Courtesy of An Occasion for the Arts)

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 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

An Occasion for the Arts was founded in 1969 to provide Williamsburg with an opportunity to celebrate art.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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