RENO, NV - The official numbers aren't in yet, but Artown's Executive Director Beth Macmillan tells KOLO 8 News Now this may have been one of their strongest years yet. She says that's partly because the festival is always evolving to include events that reflect the changing culture of our area. "We really to listen and look at our population when programming the festival," she says. From Mariachi to Ozomatli, this year Artown included an increased number of Latin Culture artists.
According to Macmillan hot and stormy weather during July not hurt participation. One event had to be rescheduled, but nothing was cancelled. Additional events around our our area, including the Barracuda Open and Hot August nights also helped to draw new audiences to the art festival.
Next year is the 20th anniversary of Artown. Organizers are planning the biggest celebration yet. They say even though they don't normally invite the same artists back year after year, they do want to feature artists who were favorites over the years. If there is something that you have liked in the past, or would like to see in the future, they want to hear from you. To weigh in, check out the link to the right.