Block of Art Pottsville, PA
Block Of Art is an inclusive arts organization that holds an annual spring arts festival in downtown Pottsville and works with artists and art organizations on community arts events and projects throughout the year in Schuylkill County.
If you would like to become involved as an artist, vendor, volunteer, sponsor, or community partner, scroll down to find out how!
The Block of Art began in 2007 as a grass roots effort to bring an arts event to downtown Pottsville, PA - A historic town in Northeast Pennsylvania about two hours Northwest of Philadelphia.
In the first year the Block of Art brought together artists, businesses and the county library to welcome the people of Schuylkill County to experience art and culture.
The event has grown each year since. The original audience of 300 people viewed 75 pieces of art from 30 artists in 3 venues.
In 2017, the Block of Art had 434 registered guests from 77 zip codes. Work by dozens of artist from across the state was featured in multiple pop-up galleries. The event has become more wide reaching and inclusive each year. As many as 800 plus visitors see the event each year.
To showcase fine arts and make them accessible to all of Schuylkill County and beyond.
The mission of the Block of Art is to create a premier arts event that:
Cultivates artists and promotes creativity
Makes the arts accessible to all
And nurtures growth in our community
It is important for all the public to have access to fine arts therefore the galleries in the Block of Art will always be open free of charge to the public.
All artists should have the chance to display their art, therefore artists will not be charged to enter their art in the Block of Art unless there is a separate juried show within the Block of Art for which fees may be charged.
Block of Art will not censor art work for nudity, or religious, political, or sexual content, but the Organizing Committee has the right to select an appropriate location for the art.
No verbal solicitation or political statements are allowed by any participant. A centrally located space will be available for artists´ business cards and event literature.
It is the intention that the community in the area surrounding the Block of Art be as involved as possible in the Block of Art.