Artisphere’s 12th annual festival, sponsored by TD Bank, hit record sales and attendance levels. Artists recorded average sales of $8,272 (up from $7,300 in 2015) and attendance was estimated at more than 90,000 (up from 84,609 in 2015). The economic impact of the festival reached an all time high of $6,387,468.
The three-day celebration of visual, performing and culinary arts held May 13-15, 2016, featured 135 artists representing 17 different media categories. Patrons set a new high in total art sales of an estimated $1,116,720, according to artist surveys.
In addition, Artisphere contributed $20,000 to its arts partners for their volunteer assistance during the festival. Arts Partners for 2016 included Greenville Chinese Cultural Association, S.C. Children’s Theatre, Greenville Concert Band, Greenville Chorale, Greenville Light Opera Works, The S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, Hispanic American Women’s Association, Palmetto Statesmen, Pride of Greenville Chorus, Greenville in Harmony and International Ballet.
“We would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity, our volunteers for their hard work and our artists (visual, performing and culinary) for bringing their talent to the 2016 festival,” said Artisphere Board of Directors President Marion Crawford. “The success of Artisphere continues to grow and speaks volumes about our community’s desire to support and experience the arts.”
Plans for the 2017 festival, scheduled for May 12-14, are in progress. The festival is accepting visual artist applications on zapplication.org through Oct. 13. For more information visit artisphere.org.