Artpark History

For four decades, Artpark has been a major draw for people from all over looking for a beautiful day filled with art and activities. If you don't know what all the buzz is about, the best way to change that is to just head out to Lewiston, New York near Buffalo and see it for yourself, as there is nothing quite like a unique event like Artpark that brings together the artistic community every single year. Though there are plenty of options for entertainment in the area, this is one of the most renowned community events for a reason, and you'll see why that is if you head out and join in the excitement this time around.

Since its inception in 1974, Artpark, The Earl W. Brydges Artpark, has successfully pioneered an innovative role for the arts in leisure. Perched atop the Niagara River Gorge in Lewiston, New York, Artpark is one-of-a-kind as a public park and as a space for art. As a family-oriented venue, Artpark contains an outdoor amphitheater, an indoor theater, venues for artists and artisans to develop and display their works, diverse areas for children's art activities, and rock camps for youth, and a host of weekend family programs. With so many options, there is sure to be a little something for everyone, continuing to make Artpark a premier destination.

Artpark Event Schedule

As one of North America's most inventive summer art festivals, Artpark offers a full repertoire of mesmerizing entertainment. From productions of unforgettable Broadway musicals, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performances, and concerts by pop and rock superstars in the Mainstage Theater to free and ticketed concerts in the newly upgraded Outdoor Amphitheater. For both art aficionados and the more casual art fan, Artpark is an unbelievable event that brings in all kinds of different interests for a cultural event that has been a major part of the local scene since the 1970s.

Artpark Event Trivia

Did you know that Artpark was a seminal part of the Land Art movement?

Intertwining art and the natural world in a completely different way, Land Art was a popular art movement in the early to mid-1970s, with its influence rubbing off and being a major part of Artpark when it was created in 1974 – just a year after the death of Robert Smithson, who coined the phrase "Land Art."

Artpark Experience

From a small beginning, Artpark evolved into an important site for works of the Land Art movement. Alan Sonfist's Pool of Earth, a 25-foot-diameter clay basin used for catching aerial seeds, was part of Artpark, and Michelle Stuart, Agnes Denes, Nancy Holt and Alice Adams were also prominent women artists of the 1970s era. These days, Artpark continues to bring in exciting demonstrations of art and is very interactive as well, with plenty of activities for art lovers of all ages, ability levels and interest. Once you're finally there exploring all of the joys of Artpark, you'll see that there isn't another art festival like it anywhere else, making it always the place to be if you're in the Lewiston-Buffalo area.

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