Risk Management and Safety at an Art Festival

Last month the Art Festival Directors Conference (sponsored by Art-Linx) opened with the topic of Event Risk Management and Safety with speakers from Homeland Security. The discussion centered on what the event planning community must do to minimize the damage someone bent on destruction or inclement weather can do. Both art festival directors and public safety officials are wrestling with how to create and effectively implement public safety plans. While we talked about a number of ideas, the three most effective and easiest to implement are detailed below. #1 Create an evacuation/shelter-in-place plan. This is the plan that can be used in any circumstance that impacts your event - extreme

What does the Judge look for?

I just had the pleasure of being a judge at the Halifax Art Festival in Daytona Beach this month. This festival presents 37 artists with $31,200 in cash awards. We were asked to score in four categories: Originality, Execution, Presentation and Artistic Expression. Both Leslie Madigan (the other judge) and myself took this very seriously and talked for over an hour on what the criteria meant and how to best score each artist. We discussed at length the whole body of work vs. one excellent piece of art. The decision to look at the whole frankly made our decision making much easier because artistic expression that is conveyed throughout a body of work does elevate that artist to an award winni

Protect your Art in the Digital Age

“Copyright protection subsists, in accordance with this title, in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.” – United States Copyright Office In the September Art Festival Newsletter we discussed how the world has changed in regards to image ownership and the basics of copyright law and how it applies to artists. This article details the concrete steps you can take to help protect your artwork. Recently, artist Richard Prince sold a series of other peoples’ Instagram photographs and made out with around

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