2009 Art in the Park Press Release.pdf - Freeport Park District


2009 Art in the Park Press Release.pdf - Freeport Park District

Press Release

Contact Person: Rebecca Minkwitz, Recreation Supervisor Freeport Park District


(815) 235‐6114 Ext. 115


Subject: Art in the Park

Fine Arts Fair returns to Freeport’s Krape Park

Freeport, IL‐ Art in the park is a one‐day outdoor arts festival celebrating local visual and

performing arts in beautiful Krape Park. On Sunday, September 6, 2009 from 10 AM to 5 PM,

this FREE community event offers something for the whole family. Artists from across Northern

Illinois and surrounding areas will display their work, from paintings and photography to

woodworking, ceramics and metal crafting. Musicians and performing artists will also be

featured. Children and families can create their own art work at a hands‐on activity area or

watch as professional artists demonstrate their skills.

Recreation Supervisor for the Freeport Park District, Rebecca Minkwitz, says “The Freeport Park

District is pleased to host Art in the Park and we are happy to welcome the event back for its

second year. Art in the Park 2008 had roughly 4,500 people in attendance.” Art in the Park was

nominated and recently won the Illinois Park and Recreation Association Outstanding Program

of the Year Award. Minkwitz says, “This is such an honor. Art in the Park would not have been

as successful without the help and support from the Freeport community.”

Art in the Park is a cooperative effort between the Freeport Park District and the Freeport Art

Museum. “The Art Museum is proud to be part of this collaboration and create opportunities

for the community to connect with artists,” says Jennifer Kirker, Director to the Freeport Art

Museum. People’s Choice Awards will be presented to Artists for Best in Show and Best Display.

Not only will visitors be able to see exquisite artwork from a variety of talented artists, they will

also be able to purchase artwork for their personal collection.

The outdoor location at Krape Park will set the stage for Art in the Park. In addition to the

activities planned for Art in the Park, visitors can also explore the amenities of Krape Park; an

antique working carousel, Yellow Creek and paddleboat rentals, fenced in duck farm, fishing

area, waterfall, children’s play areas, miniature golf and much more. Food will be available from

several local vendors.

The Art in the Park planning committee is currently accepting visual and performing artist

applications. If you are an artist that is interested in taking part in Art in the Park, please call the

Freeport Park District at 815‐235‐6114 or the Freeport Arts Museum at 815‐235‐9755. Visual

Artist Applications are also available to download online at freeportparkdistrict.org.

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