The Arts

Expose Your Children to The Arts: 2013 Winter Park Autumn Art Festival


WInter Park Autumn Art Festival Poster, 2013. Created by Stephen Bach. Provided by event website.


The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce presents the 40th Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival on October 12th through October 13th, located in Central Park of the downtown Winter Park, FL area. The Art Festival is a great opportunity to engage with your local community and support the work of Florida artists by coming out and having a great time.

The Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is the only competitive festival to showcase solely Floridian artists.  Categories of art included will be ceramics, drawing and graphics, fiber, fine crafts, jewelry, and paintings of all media. The festival will also feature live music and entertainment provided by various bands and orchestral groups.

For families with small children, this event is perfect for exposing kids to the arts. Not only can children be inspired by the work of other artists, but The Crealdé School of Art will feature free arts workshops for children ages 5 and up to explore their own creativity. From 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday, children can work with clay building, oil pastels, colored markers and pencils. The best part about the festival is the entire event is free for everyone to enjoy.

“Introducing children to art as young as possible is vitally important because the younger the child, the more uninhibited their imagination and creativity. If you can instill in them a love of art while their creativity and imagination knows no bounds, then you’ve hooked them for life,” stated Jan Hurt, Registrar and Office Manager for the Crealdé School of Art.

Official posters, tote bags, t-shirts and other merchandise of the Autumn Art Festival will be available to purchase during the two-day festival. A portion of the proceeds from official merchandise will be donated to Central Florida Veteran’s Memorial Park Foundation.

Come out and enjoy this wonderful FREE event. Bring your children out to this event; expose them to creative workshops and the masterpieces of other artists.


Additional Details:

Event: The 40th Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival

Date: Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, 2013

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Location: 251 S. Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

Note: Park Avenue will be closed to vehicles, but side street parking is also available.

Audience Feedback: How the Arts Impacts Lives

This article is a summary of responses that I received from you, my viewers. I appreciate all of the responses I received from everyone; there was a lot of great feedback.

From the Facebook poll: Passion for The Arts, I received 32 responses in total. The question was, “When you had the arts in school as a child, do you think it had a positive effect on you while growing up? (The Arts: music, visual art, dance, or drama).”

There were 28 people that chose the response, “Yes, the arts had a positive effect on me.” Three people chose the response, “No, the arts had a negative effect on me.” One person chose the response, “I’m not sure.”

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A total of 88 percent said, “Yes,” nine percent said, “No,” and three percent said, “I’m not sure.”

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 For gender comparison of the Facebook poll, 88 percent of my audience was female and 13 percent were male.

Honestly, for my blog survey: How the Arts Impacts Lives, I did not receive as many responses as I would have liked. However, the responses I did receive were still great; I am grateful for the participation.

In summary, the majority of my viewers:

  • Felt that the arts had impacted them positively as a child
  • Experienced direct skills from the arts such as heighted creativity and/or confidence
  • Had dance, music, or visual arts as a child growing up in school.
  • Felt that their children were positively effected by the arts in school
  • Felt that school Funding budget cuts are unfair and should be corrected

Lastly, I interviewed Scott Evans, the Fine Arts Coordinator for the Orange County school district. I enjoyed speaking with him; he had a lot of great information to share. For feedback, I received a few likes on Facebook, which was great.

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One comment I received from MiddleChild28 was a great response to share:

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Scott Evans: Fine Arts Coordinator for Orange County Public Schools

Scott Evans has been the Fine Arts Coordinator for the Public School District of Orange County, FL for the past three years since September 2010.

Evans manages a group of resource teachers who work directly with the arts teachers of the Orange County school district.

“The resource teachers are there to help the teachers that are in the district to help them in their classrooms; help them become better teachers, help them improve what they do,” said Evans.

He is also directly involved in the process of writing the curriculum for the arts educators. This curriculum acts as a guide for the standardization of the how to educate children on the arts for the entire district.

The Orange County district also provides training programs for teachers in visual arts, music, dance and drama to set the tone for what is expected for the standardized curriculum. These training programs also help teachers to be aware and have a better knowledge of what is expected for the state standards of arts education.

“That’s our main role, is to really monitor the fidelity of arts education in our district,” he continued.

Evans also stated that Orange County did not get hit as hard as some of the other counties in Florida after the budget cuts went through about five years ago. He said that Orange county students are very fortunate to have at least one type of arts teacher, be it music or visual arts, in each school.

Moreover, Evans received a Master of Education degree in Music/Administration from the University of Central Florida. Prior to this, he attended the University of Massachusetts at Lowell where he received a Bachelor of Music and Education.

For more than 10 years he has taught as an arts educator for the Orange County public school district as a Choral Teacher. Evans has received two different awards in two different schools for teacher of the year in 1999 and in 2006. He received his National Board Certification in 2005.

Evans served as a guest presenter at the Florida Music Educators Association Conference and the choral Directors Association Conference. In addition, he has been a panelist in the State of Florida textbook adoption panel and for four Florida counties Evans has also been the guest clinician for honor choirs.

With his team of resource teachers, Evans and his team are setting the tone and vision for over 500 arts educators in the Orange County public school system.