7th Annual MAD Celebration of the Arts
August 7-14, 2021
Free Online and Live Events Include Arm of the Sea Theater, Red Goat Awards, Todd Samara Art Fund Award, Art Classes at The D.R.A.W., Original Videos and More

This exciting community event showcases excellence in the arts and highlights the breadth of Kingston’s artistic and cultural diversity.

All events are free and open to all ages!

The MAD Celebration of the Arts kicks off on Saturday morning, August 7, with live outdoor performances at Barmann Park (at corner of S. Clinton Ave/Barmann Ave) in Midtown Kingston, featuring  Arm of the Sea Theater (mask and puppet theater) and ceremonies to bestow this year’s Red Goat Awards and the Todd Samara Art Fund Award.

Planned highlights include the following:

Throughout the week August 9-13, MAD’s Education Program, The D.R.A.W. will offer free two-hour in-person classes taught by local artist-teachers in the MAD studio at Energy Square:
• Printmaking
• Monoprints
• Book making
• Costume drawing
• Workshops with O+ artists

The Celebration closes on Saturday, August 14th with The D.R.A.W.’s inaugural DRAW-A-THON – a 12-hour extravaganza where visitors can come and go throughout the day to engage in drawing prompts throughout our studio – drawing on the walls and floor covered with paper and cardboard and inside/outside our many windows.

NEW THIS YEAR! Celebration of the Arts Video Showcase!
An open call of original online video content (solicited from, and produced by, Kingston artists) may feature:
• Living room concert performances
• Arts and crafts technique demonstrations
• Arts and culture lectures
• Dance performances
• Artist studio tours

Due to COVID-19 precautions, capacity will be limited for all in-person events, and social distancing and masks are recommended if not fully vaccinated. All in-person workshops require pre-registration at drawkingston.org

Volunteers Welcome; Call For Artists’ Videos To Be Announced Soon

MAD has grown from just a few people to dozens who give their time and energy to strengthen Kingston’s artistic and cultural diversity through the arts. Volunteers help with planning and event-day activities and responsibilities. Donations and official sponsors make it possible to present this popular annual event. A Call For Artists’ videos will be announced in the near future and a jury will select video content in several artistic disciplines.

For more information—or to contribute to video content, volunteer, donate or become an official sponsor—please contact arts@madkingston.org

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