Arts on the Flyway Grounded for 2018
Klamath Falls – The committee responsible for planning Arts on the Flyway regrets to announce that the 2018 downtown art and music festival scheduled to take place on September 22, 2018 in Veteran’s Park will be cancelled due to lack of resources, most notably, volunteer manpower. This would have been the Festival’s third year as a fall downtown event.
Advertised as, “Where Arts and Music Take Flight” the festival has been successful, by all accounts, financially and in terms of bringing tourism and arts engagement (especially for children) to downtown. It is estimated the festival brought 4,000 people downtown to participate in Arts activities like a paint catapult, a collaborative community mural, rock painting and even Gyotaku (the Japanese art of painting fish and pressing them to paper to create vibrant prints). Attendees of the event were also able to engage with local culinary artists in food and drink tasting gardens and enjoy eleven different music and performing arts acts on three separate stages.
However, what started as a collaboration between 11 nonprofit and education agencies in 2015, dwindled to eight in 2016 and sits at only four this year.
“Sadly, the volunteer base we have this year for planning, and especially for executing, the event is just not capable of sustaining the scale and vision of the Festival.” says Lindsay Smith, chairperson for the event. “There are just so many moving parts from managing vendors to recruiting musicians and artists, jurying the artwork to ensure quality, setup and abiding by all the applicable ordinances and rules, finding sponsorships and donations… it’s a lot.”
“The Festival is essentially 'turn-key' if another local organization wanted to take it on,” adds Janann Loetscher of the Favell Museum, who helped conceive of the Festival and has been part of the planning since the start, “We have all our beautiful signage, a fantastic website, merchandise and the basis for a lot of great community art projects. The event is even profitable; it would be fantastic for a group looking for a fundraising event.”
All registration fees paid by vendors and artists so far this year will be refunded. Anyone wishing to inquire about the cancellation or the event in general should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Festival
Arts on the Flyway Festival: Where Arts and Music Take Flight!
SATURDAY, September 22, 2018: 11 AM – 4 PM
ADMISSION: is FREE
Set in the heart of the Pacific Flyway in Veteran’s Park and downtown Klamath Falls, the Arts on the Flyway Festival is Where Arts and Music Take Flight! The seven planning agencies involved have created an art and music festival that embraces all the beauty that Klamath Falls has to offer. Our family-friendly, art festival is located in historic downtown Klamath Falls, Oregon – a city that embraces public art and the great outdoors every day with our Pelicans on Parade, bird boxes, countless murals, Sugarman’s Corner pocket park and gorgeous historic buildings.
Our festival is a ½ mile loop including juried artisan and crafter vendors; nonprofits hosting interactive arts stations; delicious culinary arts in the form of food carts, wine tasting and a beer garden; and live performances of music, dance, theatrical and circus performers. Plein air artists, art demonstrations and civic art projects will also be sprinkled throughout the festival that encompasses local art centers (The Favell Museum and the Klamath Art Association Gallery).
AOTF Festival Events to Enjoy:
Mon 9.17 - Fri 9.21
• Arts Workshops + Lectures for all ages
• Downtown Festival 11 am - 4 pm
• The Favell Museum Annual Art Show and Sale
This event is brought to you by ARTS ON THE FLYWAY partners: Klamath Downtown Association, Discover Klamath Convention and Visitors Bureau, Klamath Arts Association, Favell Arts Museum and Oregon Tech.