ArtsFest, normally held on the campus of Georgia Southern University, will get a different look this year as the host, Statesboro Bulloch Parks and Recreation, will move the event to Mill Creek Park for the 2021 event only.
“We felt it best to move to Mill Creek Park this year so that we could spread out a little more and help keep everyone safe,” says Eddie Canon, Director of Parks and Recreation. “We value GSU’s partnership and look forward to returning to campus for the 2022 event.”
The event will be held on Sunday, April 18 from 1 to 5 pm at Mill Creek Park—spread out from around the pond area, down the walking trail and across the soccer fields.
“We will have Art Stops, the Artist Market, the Community Stage, and a few food trucks,” says Kimberly Sharpe, Events Coordinator with Parks and Recreation. “We do have limits on the number of vendors we can safely accommodate.”
Canon says that the department has many safety restrictions in place for events like these during this Covid-era. “We will encourage masks, space out the tables for the vendors and art stops, ask guests to social distance, and we will have several hand sanitizing stations throughout the event.”
“We feel that people need these type of events after such a hard year,” says Canon. “We love that we are able to provide fun, safe events for the entire family.”
Events like these cannot be done without the help of the community. “We are able to host these events with the help of many sponsors,” says Sharpe. “ArtFest in the Park is proudly sponsored in 2021 by Dabbs, Hickman, Hill and Cannon CPAs, Coca-Cola, the Kiwanis Club of Statesboro, the Rotary Club of Statesboro, and East Georgia Regional Medical Center.” Many other community partners help with the event such as Pladd Dot Music, Averitt Center for the Arts, and Statesboro Golf Carts.
Parks and Recreation is looking for vendors for the Community Stage, the Artist Market, Food Vendors, as well as, organizations that may want to provide an Art Stop. If your organization or company is interested, please contact Kimberly Sharpe by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bullochrec.com/artsfest.