THE 4 BRIDGES ARTS FESTIVAL™
|The 4 Bridges Arts Festival™, presented each year by the Association for Visual Arts (AVA), exists to support the advancement of original visual art and the artists who create it; to bring the ideas, materials, methods, and work of artists to downtown Chattanooga - a setting accessible to diverse local audiences and tourists; to create and nurture an atmosphere for the professional development of local, regional and national artists; and to take leadership in promoting the arts as an integral part in the cultural life of the Chattanooga metropolitan area.
THE ASSOCIATION FOR VISUAL ARTS
AVA, the Association for Visual Arts, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that works to connect the visual arts and the community-at-large. We do this by providing resources for those who make art (whether professional artists, emerging artists, students or non-artists) and fostering connections among art-makers and audiences.
Now in its 27th year, AVA has a membership of 500, is run by a staff of seven employees and a Board of Directors, and receives support from numerous businesses and public agencies, as well as more than 150 volunteers. AVA's annual programs are geared toward the community at large and include approximately 20 annual visual arts exhibitions for professional artists, members and students in two galleries; twelve weeks of summer art camps for youth ages 5 through 17; Reel Stories, an award-winning high school documentary program; arts based computer lab classes; a Community Arts Program that partners AVA with other Chattanooga area non-profits; a mentorship program for emerging artists; The Bridge, an online arts magazine; advocacy for the arts; and the national ranked 4 Bridges Arts Festival™ every spring.
FESTIVAL PARKINGFestival parking lots are across the street from the First Tennessee Pavilion and adjacent to Finley Stadium. Lots are accessible from both Main Street and 20th Street.
CHATTANOOGA IS THE PLACE TO BE!
Voted one of America's top family weekend getaways by Southern Living's Reader's Choice Awards, and one of America's top family destinations by Family Fun Magazine, Chattanooga offers a variety of exciting attractions, scenic beauty, rich history, outdoor adventure and romantic escapes. Learn more about Chattanooga from the Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau on chattanoogafun.com.
Since the completion of the $120 million 21st Century Waterfront Plan in 2005, Chattanooga is gaining the most momentum in its vibrant arts scene. This year, Chattanooga was named the #2 Top Arts Destination for Mid-Sized Cities by American Style magazine. With a focus on public art and grants for new artists to take up residence in Chattanooga, there are plenty of opportunities to see, create and appreciate original visual art in the Scenic City.
FESTIVAL DATES 2013
Friday, April 12th - Preview Party - 6:30pm-10pm
Saturday, April 13th - 10am-8pm
Sunday, April 14th - 11am-5pm
$7 for one day or $10 for both days on Saturday and Sunday. Children under 18 are free.