The Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival is a fun annual event that celebrates our community and the creativity of our artists! MAA is sponsoring two tents at the festival, with space for up to 15 member artists to display and sell prints, flat originals, greeting cards and a few small artworks. MAA will also be walking in the Wheaton Arts Parade that morning, and up to 10 member artists are welcome to walk with us as well. (You may both walk in the parade and display at the tent if you like.)
Where: The festival will be in Fryer Town Plaza in Wheaton and nearby streets. See map.
Cost to participate: Free; MAA membership is required.
What you may sell: Member artists may bring one print bin, one card rack, and 2 or 3 small works (no larger than 14” in any dimension) with supporting easels. All items must be in plastic sleeves/bags with labels that shows price, artist name, and contact info.
Volunteering/staffing: Artists must be present to process sales and volunteer. As a member event, all participants must bring in their own items at drop off (8:00-8:30am) and be present to collect them promptly at the start of take down at 5:00pm. Please keep in mind that it is also required that participants sign up to volunteer in 2-hour shifts during the festival day – from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.; providing tent oversight and help with set up or take down as needed. Once we know all the participating artists, we will connect you with one another, in case you wish to pair up and self-organize shifts in the tents to process sales of artwork.
Join MAA in Walking in the Parade! MAA member artists are also welcome to join us in walking in the parade itself. Parade marchers will gather by 9:30am. The parade will start at 10 and last for about an hour (the route is about a half-mile). Please carry a small or light piece of your artwork. (Members are welcome to both walk in the parade and staff the MAA tent - just check "yes" when asked if you would like to walk in the parade while you are registering for your space in the MAA tent. Please note that if you are staffing the tent you are not required to walk in the parade; additionally, you can only display your art at the tent if you are registered to staff the tent.) If you would like to walk in the parade with the MAA group, please contact Frank Mancino at firstname.lastname@example.org before October 5.
Sales: Participants will process their own sales and receive 100% of sales; MAA is not taking a commission. We recommend you have electronic methods for accepting payments via credit card, PayPal/Venmo, as well as a cash sales. And as mentioned, you must be present at the booth to process your sales (or buddy up with another artist to help each other).
Disclaimer: Reasonable care and security will be provided by the MAA volunteer artists. Neither MAA nor the Wheaton Arts Festival and Parade organizations will be held responsible for loss or damage to artwork after dropping off, during the festival, and until picking up afterwards. Artists are advised to have their own insurance.
Registration open through October 5
Event: October 15
--Setup: 8-10 am
--Open to the public: 10 am-5 pm
--Break down: 5-6 pm
Contacts: MAA event manager Frank Mancino