67th Annual Art in the Park
July 28th and 29th, 2017
Friday 9 am - 8 pm; Saturday 9 am - 7pm
Event is free to attend. A shuttle is available from Fran Rish Stadium for a small fee, courtesy of Ben Franklin Transit.
This open-air festival, held on Boat Race Weekend, provides visitors of all ages and interests with the opportunity to meet more than 200 artists and purchase their works. During the two-day event, Allied Arts Associations presents a variety of contemporary arts and crafts along with an exceptional array of live entertainment, park performances, wonderful food and more.
Art in the Park is the primary fundraiser for the Allied Arts Association. Because of your support, Allied Arts can provide gallery space to artists, exhibit local and regional art work, and provide art education, awards and scholarships. Allied Arts Association is a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization that believes a vibrant community deserves a rich variety of visual arts opportunities. From our home at the Gallery at the Park we provide appreciation for the arts, changing exhibits and art education.
Howard Amon Park in Richland, WA, will be filled with 220 artist of all varieties. For the past 66 years, Art in the Park artists have showcased the best of clay, fiber, sculpture, painting, jewelry, photography and many other art forms. Art in the Park is a fun, family-friendly event featuring more than just art. We also showcase local entertainment groups and musicians in a beautiful river front park. Local artist groups will be demonstrating art creation on the patio in front of the Gallery at the Park.
Performing Arts Schedule
Friday July 28
4:00-5:00 Trinity Martial Arts Academy
5:30-6:00 Mid-Columbia Musical Theater
6:00-6:30 Opera on the Vine
6:30-7:00 Mid-Columbia Ballet
7:00-7:30 Sultana Dancers
Saturday July 29
9:00-9:45 Fame Camp
9:45-10:30 Academy of Children’s Theater
10:30-11:30 Bram Brata
4:00-4:30 The Richland Players
4:30-5:30 Mid-Columbia Symphony
5:30-6:00 Mystic Mirage
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about performing during Art in the Park 2017.
History of Art in the Park
In 1943, the small farm settlement of Richland, in Eastern Washington State, became a government city to house the thousands of people who came to work at the Hanford Works, part of the secret Manhattan Project to build an atomic bomb. Although the government provided some entertainment for the workers’ leisure time, the residents banded together early on to bring culture to this isolated place, and the arts became a vital part of the community.
The first "Art in the Park" was held at Richland’s Uptown Shopping Center in 1950. It was called the Clothesline Show at the time because paintings were hung on clotheslines strung up in the breezeway between sections of the strip mall. The eight or so participating artists that year also displayed 3-dimensional art and craft work on card tables. About eight artists participated in that first show. Since then, the show name was changed to the Sidewalk Show and was held in several locations, including the Harry Kramer Center grounds and the park across from the Federal Building until becoming the annual event it is today in Howard Amon Park.
Art in the Park is now counted as one of the 200 best shows in the nation. During the show, you will enjoy the art of over 200 local and national artists, as well as exceptional entertainment and delicious food provided by local non-profit organizations. We hope to see you then!