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New Name – New Project for City’s Arts Festival

Summerside’s Arts in Motion – Chautauqua Festival is undergoing a major change for 2018.  It will be known as the Summerside Arts Festival. Wyatt Heritage Properties Inc. which founded the festival a number of years ago, made the decision for the purpose of clarity. “People struggled with the word Chautauqua, and were shy about checking it out” says Lori Ellis, board member of WHPI. “The new name is obvious about the festival’s purpose of celebrating the arts community of Summerside and PEI.”

However, the established components of Arts in Motion and Chautauqua will remain inside the festival happening from July 23 to July 25. Artists and Musicians will put the arts into motion as they demonstrate and perform on historic downtown Water Street from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm each of the three days. The time on the street is the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors to experience the richness of the arts community, and interact and talk one on one with artists.  At 2 pm, the action then shifts to the Chautauqua component at the historic Wyatt Heritage Properties at the corner of Granville and Prince Streets.  There will be afternoon talks, and performances covering a wide variety of subject matter held in the 1867 Lefurgey Cultural Centre, followed by evening outdoor concerts and an open air art market on the Wyatt lawn. Trinity United Church will serve as the rain location.The Daily Muse, a print exhibit, will launch the festival on July 16th. Through various avenues of media the public can read about and view the creative work of featured artists in the community. The exhibit includes other creative careers that at first glance might not be classified as artistic. The “Refresh” art project is the new component of the 2018 festival.  Island artists are being invited to submit proposals for the building of a sculptural piece created entirely from recycled material. The selected artists will display their works on Water Street during the three days of Arts in Motion.

The chosen artists will be permitted to buy nothing for their work of art, other than adhesives. They must use recycled materials which they scrounged, hoarded, bartered or were gifted.  The finished art piece must be at least five feet in height and two feet in width, be free standing and take into account public safety. Ellis is especially excited about this addition to the festival as she would like to see more sculpture in our Summerside streetscape. Submissions of proposals will be accepted until May 7th, by email,, or hand delivered to the Lefurgey Cultural Centre, 205 Prince Street. The selected artists will be notified by May 11th.


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