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17 Dec 2013
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For a second year, ArtFields® will celebrate art and rural life with the Southeast’s biggest art competition. Set in Lake City, SC (population 6,000, give or take), this festival is bringing new life to a once-prosperous agricultural hub. In assessing strategies for turning around the city’s fortunes, local leaders were inspired by numerous communities where art and creativity have positively impacted local economies.

In 2014, the 10-day fest (April 25 to May 4) will feature hundreds of artists competing for $100,000 in cash prizes. Drawn from 12 Southeastern states, their 2- and 3-dimensional work is as accomplished as it is diverse. Additional activities include the creation of a community mandala (led by a 2013 prize winner Kirkland Smith and informed by the use of recycled and found objects), mounting of the international public art project “Inside Out,” and a 5K “Color Me ArtFields” run that concludes with an exciting splash of color. Sprinkled throughout the week: live music in the town’s park, tours of the Moore Farms Botanical Garden, an art walk, an ArtFields Jr. competition and more.

In Year One, more than 20,000 visitors traveled to the picturesque town to view artwork, participate in guided conversations and explore. Local merchants reported their best spring sales ever, and a study determined ArtFields’ economic impact exceeded $5 million.

Meanwhile, three Southeastern artists shared $100,000 in prize money, creating career-changing opportunities for Top Prize winner Jim Arendt, a fiber artist from Conway, SC, Leanna Knapp of Georgia, whose sculpture won the juried panel prize, and Columbia-based Smith who literally turns trash into treasure.

If the inaugural year was any indication, 2014 promises to not only celebrate creativity, but also lift the local economy.  As winning artist Arendt has said: “ArtFields isn’t about prizes; it’s about being a part of this small town’s journey.”

This event is featured on the Year of the Rural Arts Calendar of Events. For more information on the Year of the Rural Arts, visit www.artoftherural.org

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