Announcement: 2020 Red barn arts & crafts Festival was cancelLed but we are looking forward to september 2021!
After long and difficult study the Kirksville Arts Association (KAA) has decided to cancel the Fall 2020 Red Barn Arts Festival. This was not an easy decision when considering the financial difficulties many artists are currently facing, the impact on our own operating budget, as well as the role this festival has come to play in our local community. Many factors were considered, along with the guidelines laid out by the CDC which highlight the risks associated with large gatherings and events for which participants travel from outside the community.
As the KAA moves into our new home in Downtown Kirksville, the Sue Ross Arts Center, we look forward to what the future holds. This includes bringing the Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival back, bigger and better than ever in September 2021.
Get to know More about red barn
Welcome to Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, a premier outdoor event in its 45th year of celebrating arts, crafts, food, and music on the historic downtown square in Kirksville, Missouri. Our festival strives to attract talented and respected fine artists and crafters, and coincides with Truman State University’s Family Weekend, which brings thousands of visitors from around the country.
The Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival is a juried event. The jury committee selects exhibitors based on standards of excellence in design and execution, with emphasis on originality and uniqueness. This committee has the right to make all final entry selections.
FINE ARTS: All work must be the original work of the accepted artist. Work must show originality and be made by hand. Items (ceramics, sculpture, glass, or jewelry) from molds or kits may be placed in the crafts category.
CRAFTS: All work must be designed and executed by the accepted crafter. Work should be handcrafted or enhanced creatively or artistically by the exhibitor. Items made by others or items purchased for resale may be removed at the discretion of the committee.
Commercially manufactured items will NOT be accepted.
Over $1,000 in awards are presented annually. Arts and crafts are judged on uniqueness, originality, and quality of work. Judges for each division are respected professionals in the arts community and are not KAA staff.
Parking and Safety
Free public parking lots are located one block from the square. A designated handicapped drop-off and pick-up area is accessible to those in need. First aid is available at the information booth located at the corner of Franklin and Washington Streets. Kirksville City Police and Sheriff ’s Department are present during the event.
Exhibitor spaces are approximately 10’x15’ wide on the street. Spaces are assigned by the jury committee. Artists and crafters must provide all display furnishings such as tables, chairs, display boards, tents, and accessories. If your booth requires a back please note on your application as booths with backs cannot be placed in front of businesses. Demonstrations by the exhibitors during the festival are encouraged.
Beginning April 15th, 2019, applications received by the 15th of each month will be juried by the first of the following month and will be accepted on a first come basis using the date the application was received. Acceptance letters will be mailed approximately one week following the jury date. Applications will not be accepted after August 31st, 2019. Late entries may not appear in the printed program on the day of the Festival.
Send 2 checks or money orders with the application or make two online payments for:
- $10 non-refundable application fee, plus
- $85 booth fee ($95 after August 17th, 2019)
The fee for two booths remains at $150. Booth fee will be returned if application is not accepted. No refunds will be given due to cancellation by the exhibitor.
Hotel reservations should be made well in advance as it will also be Truman State University Family Weekend.
Procedures and Requirements
All Red Barn exhibitors must provide Kirksville Arts with a MO Sales Tax Id in advance of the festival. If you exhibited in 2018 no further action is required IF you provided the information. All individuals or exhibitors who are in partnerships can find the application form HERE. If the exhibitor business is a corporation or LLC, use form 2643A and handwrite at top “Special Event”.
All applicants must submit 3-4 color photographs, slides, or digital photographs of work completed within the last year, clearly labeled with the exhibitor’s name and phone number. One must be of the booth presentation, while others should be representative of the work to be exhibited. We reserve the right to use jury photographs or slides for publicity. Items sold must reflect ONLY what is represented on the application form and in supplemental photographs.
Accepted applicants will initially be notified by mail and will receive a map by September indicating the assigned exhibit space. Photographs or slides submitted by accepted applicants will be returned in the Information Packet to be picked up on the day of the festival. Applicants who are not accepted will have their booth fee and photographs or slides returned by mail.
NO FOOD ITEMS may be sold in Arts/Crafts booths per Health Department regulations.
FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS need to contact the Kirksville Arts Association if they have additional questions.
NO ELECTIONEERING ALLOWED!