FestivALL Goes Virtual

Things have drastically changed in our world in such a brief time, but art remains a constant and vital need. We find ourselves turning to the arts for healing and comfort, and even while distanced, for the connections we forge through shared experiences and creative exploration. FestivALL believes in the transformative power of the arts to connect and inspire and we have been providing these opportunities through the presentation of the visual and performing arts since 2005.

However, the current health crisis has prompted us to reimagine what FestivALL 2020 will look like. We’ve been hard at work with our partners to transform events in to a “VirtuALL” experience for the whole family! How we serve the FestivALL mission will look different this year, but we have only become more resolute in why we serve.

Along with our partners, we have curated a dynamic schedule of 15 days of virtual programming that include a fresh take on favorites like the Art Fair and new events like free dance classes from both local and nationally acclaimed studios.

FestivALL is cherished for the meaningful experiences it provides:

fun activities for the family like creating a masterpiece at the Children’s Art Fair,

making the exciting discovery of a local musician that’s new to you,

sharing in the moment when an artist reveals the inspiration behind their work, and so much more.

We invite you to join us June 14-28th as our City Becomes a Work of Art and we look forward to sharing in these moments with you. The full schedule of this new “VirtuALL” experience will be available at the end of May, but until that time we encourage you to enjoy our weekly streaming suggestions that will fill your days with art, music, theater, and dance. 

For more than 15 years, FestivALL has been synonymous with gathering with friends and family – at concert halls, parades, and street fairs. While we may not be celebrating in person this June, we will still be able to share in the feeling of FestivALL, together, and for many more years to come.

Check out this year’s t-shirt/poster design winner!

This year’s design was created by Caroline Murphy.

Her artwork was chosen back in February, but could not be more fitting for this year’s VirtuALL programming. A neighborhood of musicians, artists, patrons are seen in the FestivALL letters enjoying the arts from the safety of their “homes”.

This design perfectly shows that even when we are not able to gather in a concert hall or out at a parade, that we can still share in the spirit of FestivALL together.

Caroline is a young talent from Charleston, WV who is currently a student at West Virginia University. She’s grown up with FestivALL, and has attended events with her family since she was a kid.  Now as a volunteer and attendee herself, she continues to give back to her arts community any chance she gets.

Merchandise will be available in June!