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This is just in. I just spoke to Martin from Fresno Economic Development (who's coordinating the VIBE) and he is offering the whole area of Kern Street from the Virginia Hotel alley to Van Ness Avenue as an Arts & Crafts row (incidentally I thought about the same thing last time I visited the VIBE).

The Fresno Arts Council is taking care of recruitment and ensuring that there will be TONS of artists (with their crafts) represented and participating during this event.

Initially, 30 booth spaces are provided, with more depending on the response rate. To participate, you need to do the following:

1. Comment to this discussion with your intent to participate. Please include in your comment what you will be offering on your booth/table. The VIBE is a family-oriented event. It would be great to offer interactive activities to entice visitors (like face painting, clay/pottery, chalk art, portrait drawing, etc...) and/or pass handouts so they could learn more about you and your work.

2. This is once again a first-come, first-serve basis offer so please respond asap.

3. Please do show up with your tent and table and anything that could help you market your artwork/crafts. It will also be great to work together with other artists to share a booth or something. Please use another forum (or use e-mail) to coordinate it with one another.

Here's an image map of where the Arts & Crafts row will be located (and some information on the logistics of the event).

Update 8/18/08: Here's an e-mail from the City of Fresno for VIBE vendors:

Set up time is from 1-3 p.m. (I can be a bit flexible but needs to be as close as possible as there are a tremendous amount of moving parts to this event that need to move like clockwork)

Event time is from 5-10 p.m.

There is no charge to participate but I ask that all art is presentable to the general public as this is a family event.

If you have give-aways, pamphlets, brochures, samples; bring them. The more that the public can get to make this a memorable event, the more of these events we can have. Hands on, interactive opportunities are extremely well received (especially for the younger ones).

On average between 4,000 and 5,000 come out to the event over the course of the 5 hours.

This will be very well attended as it is 1) Heavily promoted on the radio and tv (English and Spanish) 2) Will be attended by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chief of Police, 3) Focused on being multi-cultural

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victor, as it turns out I have hurt my back and cannot attend the VIBE event, sorry.
Can we bring music? Dance sometimes and handout flyers? If yes, save us a spot. We'll bring our stereos, cds and entertain both crowd and crew!
Yes, you can; most likely in-between the live acts that are happening on the center stage.

See you there!

I would like to participate. I am a local face and body painter. I will be there Friday if this is not being done at this event. My company is California Face & Body

Is any electricity available?
I am not sure... I am assuming Clay Mix will be on the Arts & Crafts Row as they have a good interactive show during VIBE and they use electricity. I could ask Martin and get back to you by Thursday PM.
I was hoping to hear from you today in regard to electricity. Any word? We really want to participate. I checked out the area today and it looked like it might be available. Hope to hear back from you! Thanks!


Martin mentioned that if you could bring a 50 ft extension cord (1 or 2 of the orange ones), you could get plugged in.

Thanks for checking it out for me. We will definitely be there. I will be face painting and my husband will sell Sandy Candy - The Sand Art You Can Eat, all under one canopy.

I appreciate your time, Victor.

See you there!



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