Spring is coming. With it will come warmer weather, the rebirth of nature and the award-winning Cotton District Arts Festival which annually draws tens of thousands of people to Starkville for this celebration of art and life. The 2014 festival will be Saturday, April 12.
This year’s festival will once again feature a wealth of talent and numerous examples of artistic expression. The Poetry Slam, Student Art, Taste of Starkville and the Juried Arts Competitions will again be hosted by the festival. Winners in each area will receive local and regional recognition for their work.
Visitors are invited to stroll through the many villages and view the talent of local artists. Experience different cultures in the International Village or delve into drama through literature at the Writer’s Village.
Bring your dogs to socialize by entering them in the pet parade, where you can dress them up and show them off. And the Old Cotton Mill 5K Run and Fun Run is a healthy way to kick off the festival with physical activity and to support local arts as well.
Many artisans will display their crafts in the OCEDA Artisan’s Village, which is still open for applications. For information on applying to the Artisan’s Village, visit CDAFestival.com or starkvillearts.org. Interested artists may also contact Rosa Otondo by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or CDAFestival@gmail.com. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 11.
Music, kids’ activities
For those who like to get lost in the rhythm and lyrics of music, three stages throughout the Cotton District will feature statewide and local musicians.
Starkville Junior Auxiliary will once again sponsor the children’s village, where children can take part in a variety of activities.
When asked about the array of artistic events and opportunities, festival co-chair Laurie Burton said, “The Cotton District Arts Festival is a great outlet for artists in the community and region. The festival and its many aspects create an atmosphere of artistic freedom, inspiration, and happiness that draws in young and old.”
The festival will offer new CDAF logo T-shirt and tank colors, and a new CDAF embroidered cap, in addition to the annual CDAF poster T-shirt. The new 2014 poster, along with past posters, are also available.
The Starkville Area Arts Council (SAAC) brings this festival to Starkville with the support of the City of Starkville, Dan Camp and The Cotton District, the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mississippi Arts Commission.
All registration forms and applications are available at CDAFestival.com. Find additional information about the SAAC at starkvillearts.org. Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are still available. Contact the SAAC at 662-324-3080. For additional weekend activities, check out Mississippi State’s Super Bulldog Weekend at HailState.com.
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