In 2016, Stratford Academy decided to host an event that would give our community an opportunity to quite simply “Celebrate the Arts”. In planning, the school realized that this must be accomplished by lifting up and recognizing the organizations in Middle Georgia which were already providing leadership in the art world. Community partnerships were formed with the Macon Arts Alliance, Mercer University, Museum of Arts and Sciences, and Wesleyan College, for a week-long event focused on the visual arts. The idea was to bring these local leaders in our art community to one event which would promote each of these organizations contributions to the arts and expose participants to new artists, experiences, and opportunities for learning.
The third annual Celebrating ART was held October 17-21, 2018, and brought more of what everyone loved in previous years as well as more interesting new events and artists. All events were relocated to the Daws Student Activities Center at Stratford. Some of familiar favorite events included the Gallery 6010 Artist Marketplace, Glass Pumpkin Patch, and Hot Glass Academy Little Dragon Glassblowing Workshops. Additions to the line-up included a sold out Arty Party Preview Celebration, a Family Fun Day event just for the kids, artist workshops in claymaking and sidewalk chalk art. We also brought on Middle Georgia State University as a community partner and added title sponsors of Synovus Bank, Butler Automotive Group, Elko Creek Capital, The Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital at Navicent Health, and Primary Pediatrics.
Highlights from Previous Years:
· In partnership with the One City Arts Festival hosted by Macon Arts Alliance and other arts organizations in Middle Georgia
· Hundreds of visitors to Gallery 6010 and Stratford Connections exhibits which featured hundreds of pieces of original art by 50 artists from across the country
· Over 80 pieces of original artwork sold
· Nearly 200 guests participated with three visiting experts – Hot Glass Academy, Broadway.com caricature artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson and art appraiser Rod Hardy.
· Hundreds in attendance at the two lectures – “Artistically Speaking” by art appraiser Rod Hardy and the ADAC-sponsored breakfast featuring “At Home with Art” by architect and Macon native William H. Harrison.
· 21 businesses and individuals sponsored this event through gifts and in-kind donations
· Four community partners and six media partners
· 120 volunteers
· Hundreds of visitors came through the Gallery 6010 and Stratford Connections exhibits which featured over 500 pieces of original art by more than 100 artists
· Almost 80 pieces of artwork/glass were sold
· Nearly 200 guests enjoyed the expertise and services of our three visiting artists – silhouette artist, encaustic painter and glassblower
· More than 150 people were in attendance at the “Artistically Speaking” lecture presented by Columbus, GA native Bo Bartlett
· 140 people heard the “Lunch & Learn” presentation by James Farmer
· Private gallery reception held for ADAC and their clients with James Farmer
· 28 businesses and individuals who sponsored this event through gifts and in-kind donations
· Four community partners
· 120 volunteers