DUMBO Arts Festival returns for 2012
by Nico Simino
Jul 05, 2012 | 2848 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Art lovers rejoice, The DUMBO Arts Festival is back again this year after the success of its 2011 festival which featured 500 artists and a record-setting 225,000 attendees visited the waterfront neighborhood.

Festival goers can expect to see “art every where, and in every form” according to Festival Producer and Cultural Affairs Director at Two Trees Management, Lisa Kim. There will be works by more than 500 artists, 100 open studios, 50 galleries and stages, and 100 programming partners in DUMBO. The festival will run from September 28 through the 30.

“There will truly be something for everybody,” said Kim. “From kid-based interactive art and media to visual, touch, performance, and interactive art for adults as well.”

“AT&T is proud to return as the presenting sponsor of DUMBO Arts Festival, a celebration of this unique neighborhood's lively mix of artistic and digital innovation,” said Marissa Shorenstein, president of AT&T New York. “We look forward to once again sharing our support and making it easier than ever for visitors to connect with this extraordinary event.”

The team from one of last year’s biggest hits called “Immersive Surfaces,” a multi- part video projection created by over 20 international artists and curators at the anchor of the Manhattan Bridge, will be back with another “big” surprise.

All of DUMBO will be involved with the festival in one way or another, with much of the work being presented by local artists.

“The festival is not about big names, but rather artists that are underrepresented,” said Kim. “The festival gives them a setting to show their art to people in a non-commercial setting.”

Local DUMBO businesses are also participating, from hosting live music and art installations to offering different specials. There will also be a “food truck village” for those who enjoy their art represented in their food.

The festival also features cash prizes to ‘best of’s’ in their respective category, with the grand prize being free studio space for one artist for an entire year.

Another prize is solely for the sculpture works. The Scope prize will be awarded to the best sculptural work, which will then be presented at the Art Basel Miami Arts Festival, one of biggest and most important contemporary art festivals in the world.

“DUMBO is a great destination to experience different art and culture, and the DUMBO Arts Festival is the time to see all of it,” said Kim. “Everyone should come with family, whether you know nothing about art or have a master's degree in curatorial art history.”

The DUMBO Arts Festival started in 1997 under the name Art Under The Bridge Festival, which featured only a growing handful of local artists and their work. In 2010 it became the DUMBO Arts Festival and became even bigger, encompassing the entire neighborhood.

Festival hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 28; Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, September 29; and Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, September 30. All outdoor projections are open from 6 p.m. to midnight all three nights.

For more information about the festival click here.

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