As a regular news item, we are continuing to highlight the various arts and culture recipients of Clackamas County Cultural Coalition Project Grants. This month, we are excited to feature the Estacada Area Arts Commission’s Estacada Summer Celebration 2018.
Estacada Summer Celebration 2018 was the Arts Commission’s annual, free, volunteer-led, downtown music and arts festival held on July 28 & 29, 2018. Friday night featured two main-stage performances and all-day Saturday there were performances by well-known regional musicians and dancers, a juried street art fair, hands-on art activities for children, a circus skills workshops and street labyrinth painting. All this celebrating the annual painting of a large outdoor mural by the Artback Artists Cooperative, whose subject this year was…Estacada Summer Celebration!
The Estacada Area Arts Commission received a $2,500 Project Grant to help pay for main-stage music and dance performances during the Estacada Summer Celebration. With an estimated 2,500 people impacted, 2018 was a very successful year! The Summer Celebration presented excellent, diverse performances – taiko, Brazilian dance, country, rock, blues, African, New Orleans jazz, and exposed young people to 12 hands-on art experiences, a circus skills performance and workshop and a mini mural painting project.
Through the Summer Celebration, they also worked on a common project with community groups: Philip Foster Farm, Estacada Library, Chamber of Commerce, the Skip-a-Week Quilt Club, McIver State Park, the Spiral Gallery, Estacada Together, and the Parks & Rec department.
They also inaugurated a community resources tent and supported and recognized the growing number of local artists and musicians through the art fair, Artback mural, poster design and large puppet creation. Local businesses were benefitted by the event attracting visitors and residents to the downtown core, and a colorful tempera labyrinth design was left in the center of the street that stayed until the rains came. Organizer Jane Reid summarizes in that, “It was a fun and wonderful community event!”
The Estacada Summer Celebration was even featured in two Estacada News articles by Emily Lindstrand:
- “Summer Celebration connects visitors with art” – July 24, 2018
- “Estacada gets artistic” – July 31, 2018