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Step up your Artsfest game. Become a Patron!

March 28, 2019


The Artsfest on Walnut Street experience is being elevated in 2019.

This year’s festival, May 4-5, brings with it a chance for you to become a Patron and unlock a higher level of fun. That will encompass several new perks, including — drum roll, please — air conditioned bathrooms and special parking!

Here’s an FAQ about this new option.

What does it mean to be a Patron?

This new experience allows the greater Springfield community to expand its support for artists. That includes members of the Springfield Regional Arts Council. They can become Patrons by upgrading their membership. Not an SRAC member? You will gain an annual membership with your Patron purchase.

All Patrons receive incredible perks and swag. They’re also invited to the Patron Arts Event Friday, May 3. This exclusive event gives early access to many artists with art for sale at this year’s Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street.

What are the Patron Experience levels?

The levels start at $50 for non-SRAC members and $15 for members. The highest level is $1,250. All levels include great perks and the top three levels get to present a cash prize.

Enthusiast — $50 ($15 for SRAC members)

  • $35 Individual SRAC Membership
  • Free Artsfest Admission
  • SRAC sticker
  • Discounted tickets to SRAC events
  • Weekly e-newsletter of arts events happening in town
  • Artsfest sticker
  • Printed Artsfest catalog
  • AC restroom access at the Walnut Street Inn

Advocate — $100 ($65 for members)

All Enthusiast perks, plus:

  • Free Artsfest admission for 4
  • Artsfest pin
  • 2019 Artsfest post
  • 25% off merch
  • $25 in Art Bucks

Collector — $250 ($215 for members)

All Advocate perks, an extra $25 in Art Bucks, plus:

  • 2019 Artsfest tee
  • Reusable Artsfest shopping bag
  • Special recognition during awards ceremony later in the weekend

Curator — $500 ($465 for members) only five spots available

All Collector perks plus:

  • Naming and presenting one of the five $200 artist awards at Artsfest

Ambassador — $750 ($715 for members) only three spots available

All Curator perks, except their named and presented award is worth $500.

Executive — $1,250 ($1,215 for members) only one spot available

All Ambassador perks, except their named and presented prize is the only $1,000 Best In Show artist award at Artsfest!

Tell me more about this Friday Preview Show?

All patrons will have exclusive access to this event Friday, May 3, from 6-8 p.m., on Historic Walnut Street. There they pick up their perks merchandise, dine on small plates from Chef Drake Tillman and enjoy wine or beer from Glaziers and Heart of America. There will be live music to help set the mood for the night.

Patrons will be able to browse several artists’ booths and buy their art before Artsfest opens to the general public May 4. The official shopping lineup will be set in April.

This sounds incredible. How do I sign up?

You can visit the SRAC website if you’re ready to become a proud Patron today. Have a few more questions? Call Nicole at 417-862-2787.