What is FestivALL?
A CITY BECOMES A WORK OF ART
Partnering with over 90 arts and community organizations and hundreds of local, regional, national and international artists each year, FestivALL, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is considered a premiere arts collaborator of Charleston, West Virginia. FestivALL is city-wide and multi-arts and serves its mission through its 10-day June FestivALL, FestivALL Preview in May, an October FestivALL Fall, a monthly speaker series called Three Things, and other programming throughout the year. Each year FestivALL includes over 100 events, and 300 performances and exhibitions from music, theatre, dance, visual art, humanities and more. These events take place in over 40 indoor and outdoor venues, and many events are free or low cost.
"It’s a place and event where you can stroll and be happy, where you can look at art, hear music, watch street performers, and just mingle with people. You never quite know what treat will be up the street, what sight will bring delight.' - - Wonderful West Virginia magazine
The mission of FestivALL Charleston is to create, produce and present vibrant arts experiences and entertainment opportunities and serve as a catalyst for others in the community to do the same.
WHAT WE DO
FestivALL is know for it's mult-arts, multi-venue summer festival and mini fall festival when a "City becomes a Work of Art", but how else does FestivALL contribute to its community and the local and state economies?
- A City Becomes a Creative Destination and Home: FestivALL helps create a lively city environment where entrepreneurs, artists and families want to visit, live, work and play. It’s become a time for homecomings, reunions and inviting friends to visit.
- A City’s Children Become Achievers: FestivALL provides educational opportunities for young people such as the Neighborhood Arts Program (including Ticket Town, Art-for-ALL children’s juried art exhibition, the Children's Art Fair), and summer internships, as well as informative panels and seminars for adults.
- A City’s Economy Becomes Robust: The arts are an essential part of Charleston’s identity and FestivALL showcases Charleston as a unique and desirable place to visit, contributing to the financial growth of artists and area businesses. Each summer FestivALL brings in and estimated $1.2 million in local spending, by residents and attendees from 17+ states.
HOW WE OPERATE
FestivALL directly produces some events, co-produces some events and presents some events that are produced by other individuals and organizations. It includes visual arts, music, theater, dance and film as well as other cultural and entertainment events. It mixes fine arts and pop arts in venues and locations all over Charleston and includes a wide variety of styles and genres. Main Events are: The Mayor’s Concert, FestivALT concert, The Capitol Street Art Fair/Children's Art Fair/Library Street Fair, productions by the Charleston Light Opera Guild, Mountain Stage, Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-Off, Dance FestivALL , Wine & Jazz Music Festival, B&B Riverboat rides, major theatre productions and international talent, Taste-of-ALL, and the Brickscape exhibition.
WHAT DO OTHERS SAY
- “Charleston has all the great parts of a big city with small city charm” - attendee survey
- “FestivALL has opened doors for me through the people I've met and the activities I've done during and for FestivALL. It has brought the art community together in a way that makes everyone aware of the arts that are available.” - local artist
- “As a public artist, FestivALL has given me opportunities to show my work and involve the public in art events. As a teacher, it has given me ways to involve students in community arts.” - local public school teacher
- “[FestivALL] embodies the best of what the city has to offer to residents and tourists alike. FestivALL makes Charleston a unique and desirable place to visit and that makes our city vibrant and financially sustainable.” - Alisa Bailey, CEO of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau
- “I look forward to FestivALL all year!" - attendee survey