The Connections Arts and Culture Festival will take place April 21, 2018 at the Mill Hill Community Arts Center and seeks a featured artist.
Connections is putting out a call for artists beginning January 23 and closing February 23, 2018. The selected artist will receive $1000 to serve as featured artist at the festival.
The 2nd Connections art festival is partially supported by a seed grant by the Downtown Challenge, and primarily serves residents of the East Macon neighborhood adjacent to downtown. The all-day arts festival will be free and open to the public, and will include: tables for artists, arts groups, and community organizations; performances by community arts groups as well as headliners; arts activities; food vendors; and other entertainment, demonstrations and activities. Our goal is to have over 2,000 people participate in this community event. Our belief is that a process of healing long-standing divisions in Macon can be brought about through inclusive arts and cultural activities. We have confidence that the arts can bring people together and creative community building is a key aspect of our mission. The arts community benefits by having an arts festival to showcase their work, and to show their work to communities not typically included in the downtown art gallery scene. Mill Hill/Fort Hawkins are neighborhoods fractured by long standing economic problems. Part of neighborhood revitalization is community building, and this event will literally bring the community together. It will also provide a venue for entertainment and creative expression in a neighborhood that has scarce opportunities for either.