The St. Augustine Art Association (STAAA) has had the honor of producing the Art & Craft Festival since 1998 (twice a year, Spring & Fall 1999-2010). Unfortunately, we regret to announce that the STAAA Board of Directors has voted to permanently cancel the Festival which had become a Thanksgiving weekend tradition in downtown St. Augustine.
The decision was very difficult to make and many factors ultimately contributed to the end result. The St. Augustine Art Association is a small organization and we have many exhibits and other programs throughout the year that fulfill our mission of promoting artistic excellence and guiding the advancement of art in partnership with the community. Unfortunately, the revenue from the Festival has not kept pace with the increases in the cost of producing the event nor the time invested by staff and volunteers.
We recognize that this news is disappointing, not only to the visitors and STAAA members that attend each year, but to you, our exhibitors, who have truly made the Festival a memorable experience for so many. While the Festival may be permanently cancelled, our organization remains steadfast in supporting the arts and helping them thrive.
We appreciate your participation and support through the many years of the St. Augustine Art Association’s Festival of Art. We hope you will continue to stay in touch with the STAAA as we have some new and exciting opportunities for artists coming in 2022. If you don’t already receive our newsletters and emails, please consider joining our mailing list or following us on Facebook and Instagram.