Central Florida’s Vibrant Arts Scene Enhances First-Ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts
From fascinating presentations about great American artists to a lively discussion about the role of art in our world, held Fridays through Mondays from Jan. 13-Feb. 20, the festival combines visual, performing and culinary arts from around the world.
One of the festival itinerary’s highlights is a presentation about famed twentieth-century painter Andrew Wyeth, creator of iconic works such as “Christina’s World.” Led by David Matteson, associate curator of education and outreach at the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA), the program is based on the museum’s current exhibition, “The Wyeths and American Artists in Maine.”
“It’s exciting to play a role in this inaugural festival and celebrate the arts, which is important to the success and vitality of art and culture in Central Florida,” said Jake White, OMA development director. “Sharing the stories behind Wyeth’s work with art lovers from around the world allows OMA to inspire creativity, passion and intellectual curiosity by connecting people with art and new ideas.”
Other local presenters taking part in the festival include:
- Artist Josh Garrick, who will share his experiences in becoming the first American to exhibit at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece. With “An Art Exhibition in One of the Top Ten Museums in the World,” Garrick will detail how his collection of photography found its way to this impressive venue.
- Chad Harmon, director of the Horns and Heroes Project, who will share his perspective on this unique program, which fuses art and conservation to help protect the world’s rhinoceros species.
- Joshua Vickery, founder and CEO of Central Florida Community Arts and a former Disney Cast Member, who will showcase the community-changing power of the arts. Exploring the power of initiatives such as youth programs, orchestras choirs, theater, wellness and visual arts, Vickery offers his outlook on how the arts shape communities.
In addition to presentations about the visuals arts and art in our communities, the festival will highlight local jazz bands, high school and university choirs and bands, as well as the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra.