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American Craft Celebration

 

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This inaugural year, downtown Wilmington will host the American Craft Walk Wilmington™ (formerly the Art Walk) on Saturday, October 15th.  This event will be the culmination of the ten-day celebration of American Craft Week Wilmington.  American Craft Week is a nationally established effort to build awareness of the Arts, Craft and Culture in America founded by CRAFT.org, a non-profit.  The former Art Walk grew tremendously over 12 years promoting the arts with the event and American Craft Walk Wilmington™ will not change the focus, or the success of the art walk, but simply connect it to a larger effort.

We would like to thank all of Sponsors and Artists for trusting us with this effort.  Please visit their pages, learn about them and support them as they are a part of what makes Wilmington and the area interesting and special.

Artist Registration

Sponsors

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The Day’s Events

  • Center Stage at Slice of Life Lot – Throughout the day various talent will perform their skilled craft in dance, music and arts.    
  • Bijou Park – Paricipate in an Interactive Art with A Statement featuring Francisca Dekker, artist at Red Tulip Studio, and singer/songwriter, Julia Jewell, and co-owner of Ted’s Fun on The River
  • Podium Features – Look for the Decorated Tents peppered throughout the strolling area for interesting demonstrations featuring.
    • Bill Smith – Cartoon Portraits and Caricatures
    • True Flutes by EL – Amazing sounds from handmade – no machine work flutes
    • Sandicastles – Demostrating the craft of carving sand.
  • Find Arts information at the Cameron Art Museum tent.
  • Freedom Fidos – imgresA no-fee non-profit providing service dogs to disabled veterans and children will gladly tell there story and have you meet “Brinks” and “Oakley”.  Meet founder Matt Burgess and wife Christine and you will be as impressed as we were. 

FAQ

Can craftsmen participate without paying for a booth?

Yes.  However, you will not be allowed to sell anything.  If an artist wants to demonstrate only, or a dance troupe or musician wants to perform we will have designated areas to host you.

How do I apply as an artist? Why is it a juried event?

To fill out the artist application select the “Registration” Button above or go to the Artists page in the menu and you will find the application and details there.

The organizers feel deeply about showcasing a balance of different art mediums and those that demonstrate the skills that craftsmen have honed and dedicated themselves to. Therefore a notable jury of three that are in the arts field review each application and the artist’s work and background.

What is the cost to be a sponsor?

You can download our sponsorship information on the Sponsor page in the menu.  We offer various sponsorship packages for businesses providing full promotional opportunities.

When is the deadline to participate?

ACWW will extend the time for artist applications up until October 1st.

Will there be a rain date if extreme weather prevents the event from taking place?

Yes.   Saturday, October 29th is the rain date.