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Cherry Creek Arts Fest set for July 5-7

33rd annual event will feature 250 juried artists

ColoradoBiz Staff //June 30, 2024//

Photo: Frank Montanez

Photo: Frank Montanez

Cherry Creek Arts Fest set for July 5-7

33rd annual event will feature 250 juried artists

ColoradoBiz Staff //June 30, 2024//

The streets of Cherry Creek North in Denver will be filled with art and artists July 5-7 for the 33rd annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival, one of the largest and most competitive fine arts festivals in the U.S., and the signature event of year-round arts advocates CherryArts.

The festival is free and open to the public. This year’s schedule:


Friday, July 5: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (accessibility hour from 9 to 10 a.m.)

Saturday, July 6: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 7: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

250 National and International Juried Artists

This year’s roster of artists—selected from 1,942 applicants—includes 35 from Colorado, three from countries other than the United States, and 52 who are exhibiting at the festival for the first time. Last year, sales averaged $18,381 per artist, with more than $4.4 million in total sales.

 

Expanded Emerging Artists Program

In honor of the 20th year of the Emerging Artists Program, CherryArts awarded five emerging artists a $5,000 Emerging Artist grant each. The unrestricted funds allow each artist to pursue any investment that supports their work and includes a mentorship program with established artists and a booth at the festival.

 

Opening Night on Wednesday, July 3, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This year’s opening event includes an intimate preview of a full block of artists, live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks. Tickets are $110 and support CherryArts’ mobile education program.

Free Art Activities for Children at Creation Station

Presented by UCHealth, Creation Station offers free, family friendly art activities for children of all ages each day of the festival, a large-scale collaborative mural, and daily cultural performances.

Free Live Music all Weekend

Fourteen acts will perform over three days at the Canvas Credit Union Main Stage on Fillmore near 2nd Ave., including DJ Fa’Dorah, Soul School, Mary Louise Lee Band, and Groove ‘n Motion.

Return of the Transformative Student Art Buying Program

Students from 22 Colorado schools will attend the festival on July 5 to meet artists and purchase an original work of art for permanent display in their schools with $500 provided by CherryArts. This art-buying experience is the culmination of an in-school art curriculum from CherryArts.

 

Annual CherryArts Art Auction

Launching on Monday, July 1, and continuing through the festival, the annual art auction features donated work from 90 festival artists, with proceeds benefiting arts education in Colorado.

 

Art Kits

Students from three partner schools will be at the festival selling CherryArts Art Kits, which are ready-to-use art experiences for students of all ages. CherryArts will donate one Art Kit for each Art Kit sold at the festival.

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is produced by CherryArts, a Denver nonprofit that supports artists and arts education year-round throughout Colorado. Last year, CherryArts directly served more than 40,000 students with mobile outreach programs designed to spark creativity and empower the next generation. These programs include a mobile art gallery, art kits, the Student Art Buying Program, Mobile Art Cart: Printmaking, and the Alliance Project.

The commemorative poster for this year’s festival features “We All Listen to His Blah, Blah, Blah” by Colorado printmaker Mami Yamamoto. The poster is available for purchase here, including a limited number of signed editions.

 

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