Downtown Burbank Arts Fest to Span Four City Blocks Featuring 200 Artists

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Happening April 14 & 15

More than 200 award-winning artists from around the country and 20,000 patrons will be congregating at the annual Downtown Burbank Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, 2018. The Downtown Burbank Arts Festival is free and open to the public.

Now in its 15th year, the Downtown Burbank Arts Festival uniquely blends groundbreaking digital and special effects animators with traditional handmade art forms for a one-of-a-kind street festival experience. The four-block show will unite art-for-sale with numerous participatory events such as a teen art challenge, book signings by Disney animators, a Doodle Run, and Sketch Fever drawing sessions at the Creative Talent Network (CTN) Road Trip, which is adding a majority of animators, visual effects, and video game artists to the festival (from Angeleno Avenue to Orange Grove Avenue on San Fernando Boulevard).

“As the Animation Capital of the World and home to legendary entertainment companies, Burbank is an essential hub for those interested in animation and meeting world-famous influential animators,” stated Tina Price, founder of the Creative Talent Network and producer of the CTN Road Trip. “In that light, the Downtown Burbank Arts Festival offers an incomparable opportunity for professional animators to display their personal work, and for fans and the general public to meet them, receive personalized drawings, and purchase their creations.”

Traditional handmade art forms will fill the remaining two blocks of the festival from Orange Grove Avenue to Magnolia Boulevard. This area, curated by West Coast Artists, will include surreal, fantasy, and retro-futuristic styles appealing to millennial audiences, with an emphasis on “green” artwork incorporating ‘found’ and repurposed materials in their work. Also to be discovered will be acrylic, collage, etchings, mixed-media, oils, pencil, watercolors, photography, decorative pottery, raku ware, sculpture in a variety of media such as bronze, blown glass, metal, stone and wood, weavings, and artisanal jewelry.

Art activities on these blocks will feature live music, chalk artists illustrating city sidewalks, a paint-your-own-scarf event, and the opportunity to explore Downtown Burbank's new street murals.

Anabel Marquez