Call to Artists!

April 2008

Planners of the 1st St. Louis Route 66 Festival at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge invite local artists to display and sell work related to Route 66 heritage or our great rivers culture or to lead hands-on activities for children and adults. The artist tent at this lively festival will be open for business on October 4, 2008, from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Visitors will be able to kick up their heels and literally get their kicks on Route 66 during the Festival, as a Sock Hop is one of the many activities planned. Additional events planned for the day include an exhibition of classic cars and motorcycles, music, speakers, and a walk-in movie. Road food reminiscent of Route 66 will be served at this FREE event open to the public.

Ten selected artists will display their work in a 48 square foot space (6’ x 8’) within a 20’ x 40’ Art tent on the Missouri side of the bridge. All work exhibited must be limited to this space. Artists will be responsible for providing all display booths, racks, tables, and associated display equipment and supplies. A 6’ table and 2 chairs will be provided to each artist selected to display their artwork. There will be security at the event, but Trailnet is not responsible for any damage which may occur to work, equipment or other material due to rain, wind, fire, theft, etc. All types of artwork is welcome as long as it is at a price point that will entice our attendees.

Artists proposing to teach hands-on activities should include a description of the activity and limited materials budget in their application. There will be a supplement provided to teaching artists for cost of instructional materials only.

Please include your resume, description of work you’d like to sell and/or create at the festival, 5 images on a CD [no files larger than 5K], and list of images. Files should be named as the following: Title, medium, year finished, and price. One image should include a booth display shot. Applications will be juried by festival presenters based upon the following criteria:

Quality of work
Variety of media
Relevance to Route 66 theme

Artwork must be original in design and executed by the applicant. All work displayed MUST be produced by the exhibiting artist(s) and MUST be consistent with the images submitted.

There is no application fee, but upon approval and acceptance to the festival, there will be a $35 booth fee. Artists will be notified by July 12. Be one of the 10 artists to pave the way for St. Louis’ most energetic and enthusiastic festival.

Submit application materials by June 15 to:

Call to Artists!
St. Louis Route 66 Heritage and Arts Festival
c/o Trailnet
1533 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Questions: Call Emily Blumenfeld of Via Partnership at (314) 664-5902 or email

More information about The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge:
For many decades the Bridge was a key link in the beloved Route 66. Today, the Bridge is a significant connection in the bi-state trail system and is part of The Confluence, a riverside conservation, heritage and recreation corridor being developed in the heart of the bi-state community. Trailnet, a not-for-profit organization that promotes Active Living through bicycling and pedestrian activities and Confluence partnering organization, in partnership with the city of Madison, Illinois renovated the Bridge as a bicycle/pedestrian bridge.

In 2006 the Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of a Route 66 application designating significant structures along the historic route from Chicago, IL to Los Angeles, CA. The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge is one of thirty-five other properties added to the national register through the efforts of

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