FOCUS IS ON THE ART - 100 high-quality, talented and
creative artists are selected by an experienced jury and are
generously spaced along the venue facilitating relaxed flow and
engagement between artists and visitors. Advertising focused on
ART strives to draw an enthusiastic art-buying audience of
ARTIST SATISFACTION RATINGS - In the annual post-event
survey, 80-95% of participating artists report being “highly or
moderately satisfied.” The festival is repeatedly described as being
“one of my favorites each year” and “extremely well organized.” Many
artists add “please invite me back next year!”
AWESOME ARTIST AMENITIES - Complimentary Breakfasts, friendly
Block Captains who serve as booth sitters and knowledgeable problem
solvers, help with set-up and take-down as needed, easy access to
the Artist Hospitality Center and a relaxed Saturday evening Artist
Reception are hallmarks of the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts’
Hospitality. We plan for the return of these amenities which were
restricted in 2021 due to COVID.
REASONABLE APPLICATION ($25) AND BOOTH FEES ($200) - In addition,
coordinators work hard to meet artists' booth location requests. An
additional booth space may be requested for $200.
in PRIZE AWARDS - Each year a different, experienced and
well-qualified judge from outside the community awards the following
(Best of Show - $1500; Best 2D ($1000); Best 3D ($1000); 4 Awards of
Excellence and the CKAC Creativity Award ($500 each); and 10 Awards of
Distinction ($200). Judges are asked to engage with every artist on
Saturday during the judging process.
PURCHASE AWARD PROGRAM - The Purchase Award Program has been
generously supported by local businesses and community members since 2010.
Annually $5,000 - $10,000 in Purchase Award Coupons are purchased prior to
the event demonstrating the support of the community for the festival and
KEY’S UNIQUE SETTING - When you cross the bridge onto the islands of Cedar
Key, 60 miles SW of Gainesville at the end of State Road 24, you are transported
to back in time. Before hosting one of Florida’s first fine arts festivals in
1964, Cedar Key was already a haven for artists inspired by its quiet, natural
beauty. That beauty remains and each year this event attracts both art-loving
visitors and artists from around the country.
THE CEDAR KEY
COMMUNITY - The number one reason that is given for coming to Cedar Key by
visitors and artists alike is --- the people! Without the hard-working employees
or the local businesses, the support of the City of Cedar Key and the amazing
number of volunteers that it takes to put on a festival in a town of only 800
residents, the Old Florida Celebration the Arts would not carry its well known
SEAFOOD, HOMEMADE GOODIES & MORE - Of course, in a coastal community like
Cedar Key you will find local oysters, clams, grouper, and more at the various
restaurants in town. But on festival weekend, you won’t want to miss the
homemade baked goods, mullet dinners, clam fritters, shrimp sticks, and other
treats served by local non-profit organizations in beachfront City Park to
benefit their local organizations.
ANNUALLY ONE OF
THE TOP 5 SMALL TOWN ART FESTIVAL IN AMERICA - Over the past decade, the
OFCA which returned to a juried fine arts show in 2006, has been named
repeatedly as one of the Top 5 Small Town Juried Art Festivals in America by ArtFairCalendar.com and it has also received recognition as one of the Top 10
Fine Art Festivals in the country several times.