RFA Logo (2)Artists and artisans of all ages and media are invited to be part of an art auction and display or sell their work as a vendor at Spring Branch Education Foundation’s Running for the Arts 5K & (inaugural) ArtFest on Saturday, May 6, at 901 Yorkchester. More than 2,000 runners and hundreds of families are expected to participate in the event.

To celebrate Running for the Art’s 25th anniversary, the annual run is morphing into an arts festival. The Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum (AYAM), host site and art facilitator, encourages the artistic community to get involved.

“It might sound unusual to use the terms inaugural and 25th anniversary for the same event,” says Cece Thompson, executive director of Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF), which has hosted Running for the Arts since its inception. “RFA has been an anticipated community event for more than two decades. Now, working closely with the museum, we are growing it into our first art festival.”

In addition to the 5k run, 5k walk and Kids 1K, the event will include a silent art auction, art and artisan vendors, live entertainment, games, street painting and food trucks. Up to 100 vendors are expected to take part.

“We are thrilled to work with SBEF to host Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest,” says Leann Newton, co-curator of the museum. “Our community is home to so many wonderful artists. This is an opportunity for them to show and sell their work in a fun community setting.”

As part of the celebration, AYAM will host an art auction the week prior to the run; it will culminate at the event. Local artists who donate to the auction will showcase their work to the public within the museum setting. All media of quality art and design are welcome. Submission and release forms are available by emailing leann.ayam@yahoo.com. Forms must be submitted by March 31, and all items must be delivered to the museum by April 7.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the museum. Art donations are made through Spring Branch Education Foundation and are tax deductible.

Criteria for donated art work:

  • Quality hand-crafted work
  • School-age appropriate subject matter
  • Presentation ready (matted, framed, finished, clean, sturdy)
  • Display props labeled and reclaimed after auction
  • Sturdy enough to handle and move
  • Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest documentation and release form attached
  • Donations become the property of AYAM/SBISD and will not be returned

Artists, artisans and art-related vendors are invited to participate in the ArtFest vendor marketplace. Visit www.runningforthearts.com to learn more about the juried show and to download a vendor application.

Running for the Arts 5K & ArtFest is Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. All events, including race packet pickup, will take place at the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum, 901 Yorkchester, on the campus of Westchester Academy for International Studies.

At a glance:

To donate to the art auction, email leann.ayam@yahoo.com.

To register for the run/walk or as a vendor, visit www.runningforthearts.com.