ARTfeast: A Great Time for a Creative Cause. Presented by:
Join us for a weekend of fine ART, FOOD, WINE, FASHION & HOMES benefiting ART programs for Santa Fe’s youth. February 24 – 26, 2012
In the early 1990s, it became increasingly apparent that the role of the visual arts in the City of Santa Fe was in inverse proportion to the support of the arts in the city’s public school system. In particular, funding for school art supplies was virtually nonexistent. With that information, several dedicated members of the Santa Fe Gallery Association initiated a nonprofit organization called ARTsmart in 1993 with the purpose of raising monies to be donated to the public schools specifically for the acquisition of art supplies.
The first fundraising event took place in 1997. The Edible Art Tour (EAT) paired fine art galleries with notable restaurants and chefs for a feast of food and art. Initially, donations were free-will, but over time EAT became a ticketed event that involves more than 40 restaurants and galleries on the city’s historic Plaza and Canyon Road.
Fifteen years later, EAT continues to be the most popular of the weekend of events known as ARTfeast, a series of gatherings bringing together more than 200 businesses including many art galleries, restaurants, and hotels. Other events include a Fashion Show, late night after-EAT party called Feast or Famine, Art of Homes Tour, Gourmet Dinner featuring an Honorary Artist, and an Artists’ Brunch. NEW! Join us for the ARTsmart Golf Tournament with Kathy Whitworth on October 2, 2011 at Buffalo Thunder’s Towa Golf Course.
In 2011, more than 2,200 tickets were sold to one or more of the seven ticketed events from 32 states. To date ARTsmart has distributed just under $1,000,000 to ARTsmart projects, resources and supplies for teachers, visiting artist program, arts related organizations, scholarships for students pursuing fine arts in college, and two endowment funds.
Buy your ARTfeast tickets before 12/31/11 and take advantage of great earlybird savings! Visit http://artfeast.com/visit/tickets.