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Artsplosure! Raleigh Arts Festival

May 18, 2017 01:03PM ● Published by Grace Drescher

Artsplosure was conceived in 1978 by subcommittees of the newly formed City of Raleigh Arts Commission who were planning a citywide arts festival that would combine an “explosion” of art activity with people’s “exposure” to all types of art. The following year, Artsplosure was incorporated to produce high quality and accessible arts festivals and to identify, nurture, and showcase artists seeking to reach wider audiences. Since its first festival in April 1980, Artsplosure has presented thousands of established and emerging artists whose works span across many disciplines and art forms in both traditional and non-traditional indoor venues and outdoor settings.

For the 38th year, Artsplosure will be bringing art, music, and entertainment to downtown Raleigh! This year’s festival will take place along Fayetteville St with activities, art, and stages in each location. For the third year, Artsplosure will take place over the course of three days, from May 19th through May 21st, 2017. 

Enjoy artwork by over 170 juried fine artists and craftspeople exhibiting original works of art in 10 different categories. All will be available for purchase, including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, and more. Artists’ booths will line Fayetteville Street amongst music, art installations, food trucks, and more – all highlighting superb performing and visual artists. Visit Kidsplosure in its new location on Market and Exchange plazas between Fayetteville and Wilmington Streets!

For more information on the performances, exhibitions, and shows, visit: http://www.raleighartsfestival.com/performances-activities/


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    Join us every Wednesday evening from 5-6:30pm for the months of August through October for "Music...


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