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Posted: 05/28/2010

Fourth Annual SaratogaArtsFest To Hit City June 10-13

SaratogaArtsFest 2010 will launch the summer arts scene in Saratoga Springs June 10-13 with an agenda of some 75 events and activities at venues throughout the city. The festival, now in its fourth year, will span music, dance, visual art, film, theatre, and literary art. The full schedule for the festival is available at

A small sampling of this year’s line-up includes the acclaimed José Limón Dance Company, jazz trumpeter Brandon Lee, pianist and jazz sideman Warren Bernhardt, the celebrated composer Richard Danielpour, Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW, and fiction writer Alix Ohlin. 

These performances will be mixed in with dozens of events and activities for a wide-range of audiences—from the seasoned arts aficionado to families with young children. In addition to nationally known artists, SaratogaArtsFest 2010 will celebrate the talent of local artists, from those with established reputations to budding performers from nearby schools.

New this year
SaratogaArtsFest 2010 will offer some fresh approaches designed to bring the arts together—and to bring the arts to the public— in new and creative ways.

Working Artist Studio Walk—On these self-guided tours, participants will have the opportunity to watch as painters, weavers, potters, and sculptors bring their creations to life. These open sessions will take place at 20 studio locations throughout the city on Saturday and Sunday.

Center Stage—This feature will offer ongoing programming on Friday evening and all day Saturday at a central downtown location. A variety of music performances from local groups will be complemented by musical storytelling, family dance activities, and more.

Family Day—On Sunday at Skidmore College, events for families will include the Saratoga Children’s Theatre, the Amazing Kids Circus, art activities at the Tang Museum, guided nature walks, and musical performances. The afternoon will offer an open house at Skidmore’s Arthur Zankel Music Center.

Music and Motion—This dance and music collaboration will feature the music of composer Richard Danielpour and the choreography of dancer and Skidmore professor Debra Fernandez.

“Opening the Box”—A high-powered panel of artists and art experts will explore “Cross-Genre Collaboration in Today’s Art Scene.”

The Saratoga Sculpture Project —Both indoor and outdoor sculpture will be showcased in a variety of locations throughout the city, with the artworks selected specifically for each venue.

Purchase of the ARTSPASS Admission Package
The ARTSPASS provides access to some 75 events throughout SaratogaArtsFest as well as discounts and perks at area shops and eateries during the festival. Adult and senior ARTSPASS Admission Packages also include year-round benefits at area galleries, theaters, and museums.

The ARTSPASS Admission Package can be purchased online at  It is also available at retail stores in downtown Saratoga Springs: Impressions, on Broadway; Beads, on Henry St.; and Mimosa, on Beekman St.

Major sponsors of SaratogaArtsFest 2010 include Adirondack Trust Company, Advantage Press, CDTA, Designsmith Studio, Interactive Media Consulting, KeyBank Quad Graphics, Saratoga Springs Rotary Club, Skidmore College, CBS 6, Star 101.3 fm,, the Times Union, and WAMC Northeast Public Radio.