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Alexander Calder’s Birthday Party

Join the Festival of the Arts on July 22nd from 11am to 1pm for cake and punch at Calder Plaza!

This fundraiser supports the Festival of the Arts and celebrates the installation of La Grande Vitesse. Often referred to by the artist’s name as The Calder this was the first sculpture to be funded by the public art program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Each year on the first weekend of June, the community comes together to commemorate this historic installation by providing three days of opportunities for everyone to enjoy “Local Art for Free!” Local artists are featured in exhibitions and art sales tents, stage performances are put on by area musicians and dance groups, and food booths are run by fellow non-profits.

Over the past five years, the festival has provided local artists with more than $500,000 in income through sales of their work and local nonprofits with $2 million through food booth sales. The festival is run by volunteers, so all donations are going directly to fund future festivals.