The Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA), which hosts the city’s ArtsFest each year, partnered with Conway EcoFest to present a week-long series of activities aimed at raising awareness of the importance of water.
“EcoFest is thrilled to collaborate with ArtsFest to help educate on the importance of not only water conservation and protection but of social consciousness as well,” EcoFest Director Treci Buchanan said.
The festival, which will be free and open to the public and is themed “The World and the Water About Us,” will feature events such as underwater concerts and dance performances, a festival in the park and more.
The University of Central Arkansas received a grant to fund the production of an underwater concert and dance performance. Percussion group HEARding Cats developed instruments that can be played and heard underwater. The group will join Core Dance to perform six concerts poolside and in the water at UCA’s HPER Center.
Three performances will be held each day Oct. 4 and Oct. 6 at 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6, attendees can attend EcoFest/ArtFest at Laurel Park , which “will feature hands-on artistic and educational opportunities, demonstrations, exhibits, performances, storytelling opportunities and vendors,” event organizers said.
Scrap Exchange, a creative reuse program based in North Carolina, coordinated hands-on activities to go along with live music and art exhibits at “Light Up the Night” from 6-10 p.m. at King’s Live Music in downtown Conway.
Additionally, UCA contracted with internationally-renowned visual artists Maya Gelfman and Roie Avidan to work with community volunteers, from elementary to college students and beyond, to construct the Wishing Well installation in Laurel Park as part of their “Mind the Heart!” project begun in 2011 in their home city, Tel Aviv.
“This was an open invitation into a state of awareness and contemplation of what surrounds us—the streets, other people, buildings, roads, sky and of ourselves as part of this pulsating urban web: a unique component in a bigger picture,” the project’s website states. Gelfman and Avidan will work with the community to build the artwork throughout the week, installing it at the Laurel Park Columns before EcoFest/Arts Fest begins.
The festival will highlight Stormy the Fish: Stormwater Program. The program shows how local action can make a global impact on water conservation and education.
“In flowing movement, exhibitors will lead attendees through our water section in partnership with: Lake Conway Point Remove Watershed Alliance, Drain Smart Initiative, Faulkner County Conservation District, Arkansas Department of Health, UCA (Stormwater Project) and Philander Smith College will help make the connection of the everyday citizen to ‘The Water and the World about Us,’” festival organizers said.
For more information, including a list of festival events, visit conwayecofest.com or artistsinconway.org.