Mansfield's First Ever Music Alley Festival Celebrates All Things Music & Art
Aug 23, 2017 12:10AM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger
Expect plenty of live music, tasty food, art, and more at this exciting festival. Mansfield's City Parks and Recreation and Commission for the Arts combined forces to put together the upcoming art and music extravaganza to bring a wide variety of music and art for everyone to enjoy.
We got in touch with Rosalie Gilbert, the Cultural Arts Coordinator for the City, and Angie Henley, Special Events Coordinator, to learn more about what we should look forward to.
Tell us a little bit about Mansfield Music Alley Festival. When and how did it get started?
The Music Alley Festival is one way we are working toward that goal. With the City Parks and Recreation and Commission for the Arts working together, we can bring together a wider range of expertise, and combine budgets to produce a bigger, more impressive festival.
We've looked extensively to bring in some really unique art and music acts and activities that we hope will appeal to all segments of our city. Music Alley will present some different, new, and really fun entertainment while shining a spotlight on a wide variety of music and art and making it into something that everyone can enjoy and participate in.
Tell us a little bit about yourselves. What are your roles there?I (Rosalie) am the Cultural Arts Coordinator for the City. This is a new position that was created in December 2016. I am the city staff liaison for the Mansfield Commission for the Arts and am housed in the Convention and Visitors Bureau to help build and promote cultural arts tourism in Mansfield.
As a professionally trained harpist, I have a strong background as an artist myself, and have also worked extensively with nonprofit arts organizations and boards particularly in the areas of education, community outreach, advocacy, and communications. Running special arts events like Music Alley is certainly part of my role, but so is promotion and advertising for other arts events throughout the city, managing the Farr Best Theater, and building networking, funding, and education opportunities for local artists.
It looks like there will be so many fun things happening at the festival! What can someone expect while attending?The festival will be a celebration of music and art. We'll have four themed stages of live music plus a stage in the kid's area that will feature music and other art performances like magic and marionettes that can be enjoyed by all. You'll be able to see everything from marching band and classical strings to some great dance music whether you're into country line dancing or Latin club dancing like salsa, and everything from your favorite hometown band to the Motown music sensation The Drifters.
What's something that we should be looking forward to?
I saw that there are some art contests happening. Can anyone apply to enter?Yes, anyone can apply for any of our art contests and events. We have a photo contest prior to the festival. Winning photos will be on display during the festival. There will be prizes awarded in four categories. Folks can find more info and the flyer on our webpage, but here is the link for the contest flyer: https://www.mansfieldtexasarts.org/site/assets/files/1077/music_alley_photo_contest.pdf.
What's the number one thing that we should know about the Music Alley Festival?This will be a completely different and unique Mansfield festival experience. It should have something to keep everyone entertained no matter your age, music, food, or entertainment preferences. Not only that, it is FREE.
Is there any need for volunteers?We are always happy to have volunteers, vendors, and sponsors. If you're interested in participating in the festival in any way, please let us know: https://www.cognitoforms.com/MansfieldCommissionForTheArts/MusicAlleyFestival.
You can also contact one of us directly. Rosalie: 817-804-5768 and firstname.lastname@example.org, Angie: 817-804-5795 or email@example.com.