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.
A festival that offers arts, awards, food and entertainment for the whole family. Over 9,000 visitors and 100 booths of art.
The Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival seeks to bring together individuals involved in the visual arts, performing arts, and crafts, with the extended community of the Kirksville region. Our setting is one of family entertainment and arts education, which cultivates an appreciation and understanding of the arts while creating promotional opportunities for participating artists.
Red Barn History
The Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival began in 1974 as a gleam in the eye of a few arts-minded individuals. The festival was conceived to promote community interest in the Arts and Crafts – to give recognition and awards for outstanding art and craft work – and to provide artists and craftsmen an informal opportunity to display and demonstrate their work for the people in the Kirksville community. The festival has grown through the years into a major regional arts and crafts festival and an important and much anticipated event in Kirksville.
Currently the Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival is the main program for the Kirksville Arts Association. Festival sponsorships, exhibitor fees and proceeds from the soda booths help to offset the costs of the programs and administration of the many community arts programs funded by the association.
Exhibit spaces are approximately 10’ x 15’ 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.
Demonstrations by the exhibitors during the festival are encouraged.