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Plan ahead now to 'Fall for the Arts' in October

Members of the Phoenix Suns hip-hop dance team performed at this past year’s World Arts Festival and invited members of the audience on stage for a quick dance lesson. Come enjoy many performances, artists, and craft activities again this year at the free Fall for the Arts event at Tim’s Toyota Center on Oct. 9.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->File Photo/Sue Tone

Members of the Phoenix Suns hip-hop dance team performed at this past year’s World Arts Festival and invited members of the audience on stage for a quick dance lesson. Come enjoy many performances, artists, and craft activities again this year at the free Fall for the Arts event at Tim’s Toyota Center on Oct. 9.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->File Photo/Sue Tone

A "new" one-day Fall for the Arts event in October is but an incarnation of Prescott Valley's annual two-day World Arts Festival.

"We have abandoned the World Arts Festival in favor of Fall for the Arts," said Nancy Smith, chair of the PV Arts and Culture Commission. "The 'world' part was not working for us."

This year's free festival, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., takes place inside Tim's Toyota Center, in conjunction with the Creative Energy Fair, along with a few activities going on outside.

Fall for the Arts honors the national Arts and Humanities Month (October) and is a play on words, as in "fall in love with the arts," Smith said. It also happens in an autumn month.

"It's indoors this year because we are partnering with the Creative Energy Fair, which still had plenty of space, and because certain vendors let us know they preferred an indoor venue for safety and weather reasons," she added.

On the arena floor will be a main stage for performing arts groups, and one or more smaller stages, and 80 vendor and artist booths. The Creative Energy Fair has booths and information going on in the perimeter hallways.

Prescott Valley Art Guild will host a juried art show with cash prizes for artists in the Quad-communities. It will display the artwork, all of which is for sale, along the upstairs walkways. (see related article)

"It's a good way to do some early Christmas shopping for anyone wanting unusual and unique handcrafted gifts," Smith said.

The Plunge into the Arts project returns for its second year outside the event center where a giant canvas awaits the creative efforts of the community.

"We will have six kids' swimming pools with tempera paint, which is non-toxic and washable," said Brian Witty, PV Parks and Recreation director.

Painting "tools" - brooms, big exercise balls and smaller tennis balls, tennis rackets, and of course, paintbrushes - are available, plus an outdoor shower and hoses to wash off the excess paint from feet, hands and full bodies.

Witty called this past year's end result "abstract art," and said he's looking forward to another fun adventure.

In the west parking lot at Florentine and Glassford Hill roads, kids and adults can take part in the Touch a Truck event. Owners of large vehicles and machinery, such as cherry pickers and forklifts, will allow people to climb into the equipment for a hands-on feel.

"We've done it before and it's been very successful," Smith said.

Persephone will be back to entertain audiences with her cast of characters. Local schools and church groups, martial arts students, drama groups, and dancers - square, hula, cloggers, belly - anyone in the performing arts should apply for stage time by calling the Parks and Rec Dept. (759-3090)

In past years, the A&C Commission tried to find ethnic food vendors to fit the World Arts concept with not a lot of success, Smith said. This year, the event center's vendors will provide food and drinks.

Artists' booths cost $85 - a decrease from the normal $100 fee - and electricity is available at no additional cost.

"We dropped the price to encourage people to participate. These times are not easy right now, and we want to make it as affordable as we can," Smith said.

The free event has something for everyone in the whole family. Hands-on art activities and the popular make-and-take crafts attract children of all ages.

Applications for artists and entertainers are accessible through the Town of Prescott Valley website, www.pvaz.net, under Community, to Parks and Rec, to Arts and Culture. People also may stop by the Civic Center for an application or call the Parks and Rec Dept. at 759-3090.

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