St. Anthony Park Arts Festival Mission
The festival is a benefit for our branch library.
The St Anthony Park Arts Festival is produced by the St Anthony Park Library Association, and raises both awareness of and funds for the St Anthony Park branch of the St Paul Public Library. The summer children's reading program is currently the main beneficiary, bringing in and encouraging young new readers.
Each year the SAP Library Association appoints a festival organizer and approves a committee to help run the fair. Financially and otherwise the festival is part of the SAP Library Association.
As the event name implies, the focal point of our festival is art. We also want to celebrate our library and involve children and community organizations. Festival participants are:
- Library supporters (book sale and garden sale)
- Activities (including music)
- Food vendors
- Community organizations
As a rule, only artists and vendors who have paid a booth fee should be accepting money. Our goal is to have as much as possible of the artist and vendor fees (which are made possible by festival customers) flow into supporting the library. The organizers seek out sponsors to offset festival expenses and volunteer all of their time so that more funds are available for library programming.
Art certainly isn't the only thing in the world to spend money on, and since our festival draws a large crowd there is often outside interest in putting a variety of other things on offer, including consumables like personal products and food products, services, charitable fund raisers, promotions and so on. These items are often of high quality or for noble causes.
Without restrictions though the wide world of commerce would overwhelm the festival. To begin with, taken as a whole, we do not have the physical space to accommodate these requests - we barely have enough room to accommodate the festival as is. We have also chosen to keep our benefit event centered on art, community and activities, In particular, we want to support the artists, whose booth fees make the event possible, by focusing the event on them.