Art Festival Directors Conference


LOCATION: Sheraton Suites, Old Town Alexandria, VA

No conference refunds after September 30th



Registration is now closed 


Robin Markowitz - Art-Linx and Festival Director, Rockville Arts Festival    



 Cindy Lerick - President, The Art of Events

 Leo Charette - Executive Director, An Occasion for the Arts 


 This two and half day professional development event brings together show directors and those connected to the industry for learning, discussion, inspiration and networking opportunities. This conference is tailored to individuals who are involved with the planning of   an art fairs or festivals, including board chairs, council or chamber staff, and volunteers. 

 Conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in: 


  • Vital networking events

  • Presentations by experts highlighting critical trends affecting the art fair industry

  • Training on skills to amplify visibility of festivals, grow participation, promote artistic excellence and more


 Conference Schedule  - TBA



This conference is produced by Art-Linx

Please contact Robin Markowitz at 202-251-0637 or email with any questions



Conference Chairperson: Cindy Lerick, CFEE is the owner and President of The Art of Events, providing services to a broad range of festivals and events around the world. In 2019 she is working with the Saint Louis Art Fair as a consultant. Most recently she was Executive Director of the Sausalito Art Festival in Sausalito, CA; a position that she accepted in 2017 to help the organization through an internal transition period.  Prior to that move, she served as the Executive Director/President of the Saint Louis Art Fair from 2009 - 2017. Before that she was the Executive Director of the Uptown Association and the Uptown Art Fair (1996-2007). She also co-produced the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival from 2002-2004.

Conference Chairman: Leo Charette, Executive Director of An Occasion for the Arts has worked in higher education where he directed the Career Offices at several universities - including Duke University, The College of William and Mary and Oberlin College. He became known for his innovation, winning several national awards for projects that brought colleges together on collaborative initiatives. in 2006 and until the fall of 2017, Leo turned to a new passion for his creative energies – photography. In 2015, Leo was offered the position of Executive Director for An Occasion for the Arts in Williamsburg, VA, and felt it was time to give back to a hometown show that he enjoyed participating in for many years.

Conference Producer: Robin Markowitz has been immersed in the art festival world as a Jewelry Artist, Art Festival Director, Principal at Art-Linx and Editor of the Art Festival Newsletter. I began my art career as a jeweler, showcasing my work at juried art festivals since 1995 and have served as an Festival Director for the last 11 years.  Art-Linx is the culmination of all my art expertise. Art-Linx is the only multi-platform connecting service for the art festival community: connecting artists to art shows, directors to directors and galleries/art publications to artists.  The Art Festival Newsletter (published 6x per year) has topical articles for the art professional and highlights industry trends.

2019 Conference Participants by Festival or Organziation

4 Bridges Arts Festival (TN)

An Occasion for the Arts (VA)

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original (MI)

Artisphere (SC)

Art-Linx (MD)

Art of Events (MN)

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts (PA)

CherryArts (CO)

Cornell Art Museum Art on the Square (FL)

Engenius (AL)

Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce (AZ)

Frederick Festival of the Arts (MD)

Fourth Avenue Street Fair (AZ)


Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff (MI)

Lenexa Art Fair (KS)

Mount Gretna Art Show (PA)

Mountain Art Festivals (CO)

Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival (WV)

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival (VA)

Oklahoma Festival of Arts (OK)

Prairie Village Art Show (KS)

Redlands Festival of Arts (CA)

Renaissance Craftables (NJ & PA)

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show (PA)

Rockville Arts Festival (MD)

Rose Squared Productions (NJ)

Saffire (TX)

Saint Louis Art Fair (MO)

Sedona Arts Festival (AZ)

Shenandoah Valley Art Center (VA)

Stockley Gardens Arts Festival (VA)

Summerfair Cincinnati (OH)

Waterford Fair (VA)

Vail Arts Festival (CO)

Zapplication (CO)

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