By: Sharon Aron Baron
For the 16th year, the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts redefines the city as a cultural destination by featuring artist crafters, musical entertainment, literary seminars, chalk artists, a children’s area, and more.
On March 21 and 22, 2020, The Festival returns to The Walk in Coral Springs with a juried professional arts and crafts show with over 200 artisans and crafters as well as a Gardenfest.
For 16 years, founder and president Shirley Richards, along with volunteers, have kept the Festival exciting.
“The great thing about our Festival is we’re always looking to expand and reinvent ourselves,” she said, adding that last year was about fashion and this year is about women’s suffrage.
On Sunday, March 22, the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts will honor the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote with a dance drama by Artistic Director Dr. Debra Weiss, which reenacts a suffragette march called “Votes for Women!”
The production will include dramatic scenes that recap the history of women’s suffrage, several dance numbers, and a tribute to women in public office today.
“Women today stand on the shoulders of those women who fought over 100 years ago,” said Richards.
This year’s Signature Artist is Cindy Silva from Parkland. Her winning entry, “Beach Wishes 2,” depicts a young woman on a colorful beach with whimsical flowers, waves, and clouds. Her art will be featured in the Festival’s advertisements, T-shirts and posters sold at the Festival.
The Coral Springs Festival of the Arts is a family-oriented event offered free to the community by the volunteers who put on the event and the businesses that support it. Funding comes partially from the City of Coral Springs and the Broward County Cultural Council.
Saturday, March 21
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Highway 41 – Blue Grass
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Steve Pomeranz Band – Jaz and Light Rock
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm American Latin Revue – Tribute to Copa Cabana
Sunday, March 22
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Oceanik – Steel Drum Band
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Whisky Six – Country Band
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Turnstiles – Billy Joel Tribute
Saturday, March 21
noon to 12:30 pm –Drake Irish Dancers
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm — Gold Coast Banjo Band
2:15 pm to 2:45 pm -3:00 pm — South Florida Jubilee
3:15 pm to 4 pm. — The Jonathan Sanchez duo
4:15 pm to 5:00 pm –Mariachi Voces De America
Sunday, March 22
12:00 Noon to 12:20 pm. Marinera en el Mundo Florida
1:00 pm to 1:45 pm. Ronin Taiko Drummers
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Votes for Woman! – Living History
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm/ 3:45 pm. Tama Leaos Polynesian Show
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The Dixie Players – 9 Piece Dixie Land Band
Off-site parking with free trolley service to the Festival at The Walk is available at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts and the parking garage at the new city hall. For information on the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts, visit www.csfoa.org.
- Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.
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