Art in Avondale Park
Art in Avondale Park is an annual free event held each October since 2003 at Avondale Park. Its focus is on inspiring children to create through on-site workshops and displays by working artists. The event is organized by its own Art in Avondale Park Alliance, headed by director Mary Susan Lewis. Sponsors include the City of Birmingham, Main Street Birmingham, Red Mountain Bank, Magic City Smooth Jazz, the Avondale Merchants Association and the Southern Arts Federation and National Endowment for the Arts.
The day-long event is usually followed by an open-house for merchants and artists' studios in Avondale's business district.
- October 25: numerous artists lined the walkway around the pond with works for sale while jazz bands performed in the amphitheater and the Birmingham Suzuki Violinists paraded around the site.
- October 27: The 2007 event included exhibiting artists, arts and crafts booths, music, pony rides, and a silent auction featuring work by mayor-elect Larry Langford.
- October 28: The 2006 event was preceded by a Friday-night open house event centered on 41st Street South with a silent auction and a booth representing the Magic City Flickr Group. Musicians performed at the Beloved Community Church and Imagine Partners in Art celebrated its grand opening in the Avondale Odd Fellows Building.
- October 27: Numerous children's activities throughout the day, as well as performances by the Birmingham Suzuki Violinists and exhibits by area artists.
- November 6: The 2004 event featured dozens of artists as well as booths representing the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, McWane Science Center, Childcare Resources, Hand in Paw, and Sloss Furnaces. Entertainers included the Birmingham Harp Ensemble and Gypsy Red Tribe.
- The first Art in Avondale Park featured numerous hands-on instructional booths.
- Garrison, Greg (October 26, 2008) "Fans, customers gather at Avondale Park art show." Birmingham News
- Art in Avondale Park website