Art in the Park – Columbia, MO

Post on :December 21st, 2017 | Posted By: Kim Carr | Category: Posted in Newsletters

Applications are now open for Art in the Park in Columbia, MO.


Saturday, June 2 10am-6pm
Sunday, June 3 10am-4pm

Art in the Park heralds the start of summer in Columbia, MO - an arts-focused college town, home to the University of Missouri and the recipient of the Missouri Arts Council's first ever Creative Community Award.

The festival has been organized since its inception in the 1950's by the Columbia Art League, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Art in the Park welcomes 110 artists each year from across the country, and attracts 10-12,000 visitors over the 2-day event. Set amidst the parkland and lakeside of the picturesque Stephens Lake Park, the 2018 festival will be the 60th annual Art in the Park.  Admission to the festival is free of charge.

Although the park has space for many more artists, the festival is capped at 110 artists to better serve those participating artists. Local marketing promotes heavily the fact that this is a buying opportunity for all visitors, especially art patrons.

In support of the main event, Columbia's premier Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Fair, the 2018 Art in the Park will include strolling entertainment for children, a small acoustic stage, a children's art area, an Emerging Artist Pavilion showing work by local high school and undergraduate students, a Young Collector's Tent, art installations and a food court.

Columbia is easily accessible from Interstate 70 (east-west) and State Highway 63 (north-south). The festival grounds are just to the east of the downtown area with ample visitor parking provided courtesy of the adjacent Boone Hospital. Visitor shuttle buses are also provided.

Art in the Park is a designated Signature Series event by the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau and is recognized and supported by the Missouri Arts Council and the City of Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs.

Applications are now available at

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