According to the Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association’s Events Coordinator Faith Johnston, a local elementary school, Sierra 2, was closed in the 1970s due to its nonconformity with earthquake safety regulations. Residents in the neighborhood rallied around the building that had been standing since 1923 and turned it into a nonprofit organization which aimed to celebrate local art, and thus, the Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association was born.
“It’s really part of our mission statement to support local artists,” said Johnston. “That’s part of why the neighborhood association was founded.”
The SCNA will honor their tradition of supporting local artists with their 7th Annual Curtis Fest Artisan Festival, being held at William Curtis Park on Sunday, August 25.
By repurposing the old elementary school as a nonprofit organization and community center, the residents of Curtis Park were able to preserve the building’s integrity. Now, said Johnstone, “we provide events for the community … we also rent out rooms for community events.”
The Curtis Fest Artisan Festival is one such event. Approximately 40 booths will host local artists whose styles range from arts and crafts to photography to masking-tape art by Tapigami’s Danny Scheible.
An event for the whole family, the Artisan Festival will also feature a variety of kid-friendly activities. There will be a petting zoo and a free photo booth, and Happily Ever Laughter will be deploying a “children’s fairy” to perform magic shows and do face painting.
Live music will be performed by John Merriman, Jahari Sai, and Mike Justice Band. Food trucks Wicked Wich, Mama Kim’s and Shaved Ice will also roll out for the festival.
The event, which lasts from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., will transition into an evening Music in the Park event, which the SCNA has held on the last Sunday of each month this summer. The later event will feature food truck Streets of London as well as a beer and wine tent.
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