Arts Stories: Economic Impact, Recycling, Disney Goes to Belleville, Online Quilting Festival


1.  Recently I’ve come across so many great art links about art fairs. I especially liked this one from Greenville, SC, about their event, Artisphere (April 18-20), and its positive economic impact on the local economy. Greenville is one of those lucky U.S. cities impacted by high tech development where industries such as BMW, General Electric and Fluor are flourishing.

“The Artisphere board of directors believe very strongly that our arts festival has substantial positive impact on the existing economy in Greenville, as well as attracting new business to the area. We believe this so deeply that in addition to our missions of education and exposing the community to local, regional, national and international art venues, we have established another major part of our mission as economic development.”

One would ask, “How is this possible with an arts festival?” There is a direct parallel between thriving economies and thriving arts programs. Arts programs have a significant role to play in creating the quality of life that knowledge-based workers and employers are seeking.”

It’s too bad that more of our economic planners don’t get this message, especially where they are cutting the cultural arts budgets.

Read the rest of this article at this link:

2.  A nice twist on Earth Day/I Made It is happening in Kitchener, ONT. Seems like the Canadians are leading the way for North Americans in the recycling, save the earth race.

Bloomin’ Earth Eco Fair – a city-wide festival: “all types of people (excuse the stereotypes) hippies, yuppies and workaholics … low income and high income… all coming together for a common purpose. Something helpful and healthy and proactive… oh! something like earth day.” The rest of the story at:

3.  Now how is this for a nice turn of events? Attending Belleville, IL‘s, top ranking Art Fair on the Square will be the committee from Disney World’s Festival of the Masters, an event which should have pretty deep pockets but which doesn’t even get rated. The Disney folks are traveling to Illinois to see how a great art show is run.

Read the rest of this at:

4.   Online Quilting Arts Festival, May 29 – June 2.

Be part of the very first
Quilting Arts Festival
online quilting event

  • Discover new quilting tips and techniques
  • Shop for the latest quilting, embellishment, and surface design supplies
  • Meet and chat with quilters from around the world
  • Take exclusive classes with top quilt artists
  • Win prizes every day

A festival that you can attend online from the comfort of your home. For the details visit:


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3 Responses to “Arts Stories: Economic Impact, Recycling, Disney Goes to Belleville, Online Quilting Festival”

  1. Jeane Vogel Says:

    That Disney is visiting Belleville is interesting. That the comments on the BNG story suggest that Belleville HATES the festival is alarming. Those are nasty, personal attacks on the fair organizer. I have no idea whether they are justified, but clearly the Belleville merchants do not like the art fair and see it as unfair competition.

    Very sad.

  2. Connie Mettler Says:

    You are right, Jeane. It is sad to see these comments about such a sterling event. Yet you see this attitude in many of the communities where there are successful art fairs. Many business owners, residents, etc., do not see the sound economic impact that an art fair brings to the area.

    In the same post where I listed the information about Disney coming to Belleville there is an excellent article from the committee of Artisphere in Greenville, SC, where they acknowledge the positive economic impact of their art fair and its ripple effect throughout the community. If you haven’t read that article take a look at it.

    Greenville is leashing the creative community to work hand in hand with the other economic interests, a laudable effort.

  3. Dan from Belleville Says:

    Pay no attention to those comments on the BND Story. There seem to be a few people that enjoy posting negative comments on every single story that is published in the BND. I personally know quite a few of the downtown Business owners and they LOVE the festival. It is their biggest (revenue) weekend of the year. And us residents also LOVE the festival. I don’t know of a single business owner or resident that dislikes the festival.

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