The producers of the Cherrywood Art Fair announced Wednesday that the 2019 fair, which is this Saturday and Sunday, will be the last run for the holiday market.
After 18 years, the juried fair in its current format will end, allowing Cherrywood’s producing partner and beneficiary, Chula League, "to pause all programming, restrategize its mission and reassess its priorities," according to an announcement,
The final event will involve more than 90 curated artists and makers from around Texas, plus live music and entertainment.
Over the years, much of the event’s support has come from sponsorship and volunteers, both of which Cherrywood producers say have declined over the years.
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Chula League also announced it will pause its other programming beginning in March 2020. This will include the Little Artist BIG ARTIST program, which provides art mentorships for East Austin elementary school students. Since its inception, more than 200 students have gone through the program across seven East Austin schools and have been mentored by over 150 professional artists.
Proceeds from this year’s Cherrywood Art Fair will go toward the final Little Artist BIG ARTIST program in 2020.
Chula League has endowed more than $135,000 in grants, services and programming to East Austin schools from money generated through Cherrywood Art Fair, Little Artist BIG ARTIST auction proceeds, and their professional development workshops. Cherrywood Art Fair has showcased an estimated 1,200 artists from across Texas and drawn more than 100,000 visitors from around the state in its 18-year run.