MWPAI Arts Festival Returns


UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – The Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute annual Arts Festival has returned. After postponing last year due to COVID, the festival opened early this morning.

“We certainly love this event so that we can engage with the community,” Bob Mortis, Festival Coordinator explained. “And invite people in to see what we have going on inside as well as what we’re doing outside. So we were all disappointed that we couldn’t do it, we did do a virtual version of the sidewalk show but it just wasn’t the same.”

From July 27 to Sunday, August 1 members of the community are invited to enjoy artwork, crafts, music and different vendors. The festival’s main attraction, the Sidewalk Art Show, displays works of art from local talent, and people are encouraged to vote for their favorites to win “Best in Show” during the awards on Sunday.

“We have two options for voting,” Mortis said. “One is a paper ballot system where you write down the number of the artist in each category that you prefer, but we also have an electronic voting system this year as well that we are introducing where you use your smartphone to scan the QR code on the wall and it brings up the electronic ballot. You simply enter the number of the artist that you like and it automatically tabulates your vote.”

In addition, walk-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics by Upstate Family Health Center will be held in front of the museum from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 29, and Saturday, July 31.

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