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4th Avenue Spring Street Fair 2017 Tucson, Arizona

Location:
Tucson
Tucson, Arizona (West)

Phone: 520-624-5004
Show Dates: 3/24/17 - 3/26/17
Application Deadline: 12/16/16 Midnight MST

The application deadline has passed.


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Processing Fee): $45.00

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
The 4th Avenue Street Fair, nationally recognized as one of the premier community celebrations in the Southwest, is held biannually in the gorgeous Sonoran Desert community of Tucson, Arizona.

We invite you to participate in this 47-year-old tradition which, attracts more than 600,000 visitors each year. Our family-friendly event offers a moderate to upscale audience, 57% between the ages of 25-54. In addition to over 300 international artisans, we host entertainment stages, children's activities and tantalizing treats from 40+ food concessionaires. As always, admission to the festival is free and open to the entire community.

General Information
Important Time and Date Information

Show Dates: March 24, 25, 26, 2017

Show Hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm (dusk) all three days

ZAPPlication Online Application Process Opens: September 9, 2016

Application deadline (ZAPP online application): 11:59pm Mountain Time, December 14, 2016

Acceptance notification, with invitations: January 18, 2017

Accept invitation & purchase deadline: February 1, 2017

Last day to cancel with refund: February 22, 2017 (30 days prior to event)

Load-in: March 23, 2017 after approximately 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and March 24, 2017 from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The Fair officially opens at 10:00 a.m. on March 24, 2017.

Load-out: March 26, 2017 after 6:00 p.m. Please note, load out must be completed by 9:00 p.m. The street sweepers begin their work at 9:30 p.m. and the Show is not liable for any damage caused by the sweepers if materials are left on the Avenue.

Application Requirements
  • 4 photos of art/craft
  • 1 photo of the booth
  • “Buy-sell” items are not allowed
Please note, the Artist must be present at the show.

Welcome
We invite nearly 400 artists, food vendors and entertainers to our bi-annual community event. We are known for our friendly, professional western hospitality, our operational prowess and for delivering a buying public to the doorsteps of our participants.

Mission of the 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair:
The mission of the 4th Avenue Street Fair is to provide a community arts event, free to the public, with the highest quality artistic products and services. Selected by a skilled jury, our arts and craft fair is designed to attract a variety of high quality handmade art and fine crafts by artists from around the world. The artists’ work is the focal point of the festival. The proceeds generated from the Fair directly support infrastructure service on 4th Avenue, surrounding neighborhood association enrichment projects and free special events for the citizens and visitors of Tucson and 4th Avenue.

The 2017 date for the 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair was selected to enable artists to participate in two events on adjoining weekends. This year the Tempe Festival of the Arts will be held on the weekend after our Spring Street Fair. This arrangement allows artists to attend both the Tempe and 4th Avenue Fairs saving time and money.

Why Tucson, Arizona?
The weather! March is a wonderful time to be in the Sonoran Desert. Mild temperatures attract droves of Spring visitors from around the world. Tucson has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade and now supports a population of one million residents. 4th Avenue, with its tree lined sidewalks and creative retail appeal, is truly the heart of the city. 4th Avenue is the gateway to Tucson’s thriving arts, culture and commerce.

The 4th Avenue Street Fair is ablaze with fascinating sights and sounds as more than 400 arts and crafts artisans, musicians, exhibitors and food vendors take part in this three-day community celebration. Artist booths are positioned back to back down the middle of 4th Avenue and 7th Street. The 4th Avenue Street Fair brings a diverse and dynamic blend of texture, shape and color along six blocks of Tucson’s Historic Business District.

4th Avenue boasts over 100 locally owned businesses including many of Tucson’s finest restaurants, clothiers, pubs, bookstores and retailers. In 2014, 50+ businesses on Fourth Avenue were voted as the “Best of Tucson” in the locally published Tucson Weekly’s yearly “Best of Tucson” issue.

Why Exhibit at the 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair?
First, we deliver financial results to our artists. More than 70% of our exhibiting artists return year after year. Fair management is based on decades of experience, customer service and artist satisfaction. Our family-friendly event offers a moderate to upscale audience of 300,000 to 350,000 art lovers and collectors.

We offer our artists:
  • Quick and speedy check in registration
  • Professional show management that is courteous and respectful.
  • Artist courtesy carts that deliver FREE snacks and water all three days of the event.
  • Readily available, experienced and reliable booth sitters.
  • Best of Show Award with free and special booth placement in the subsequent Street Fair.

Jury Procedure:
  • The 4th Avenue Street Fair is juried by a pool of local and national artists, along with 4th Avenue Merchants and Fair Staff. The jury session is not open to the public.
  • This is a blind process. The identities of artists are not disclosed to jurors.
  • Each juror reviews every artist’s set of images. These images, submitted by each artist through their ZAPP account, are viewed by each jury member on separate monitors.
  • The image information statement and image descriptions provided on the application are available to the jury.
  • Each artist is scored by jury members on a scale of 1-5. The top score being 5 and the low score being 1. We do not release jury scores.
  • Decisions of the jury panel are final.

Notification:
Upon completion of the jury process, emails will be sent on January 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Tucson time to all artists asking them to check their ZAPP profile to determine if they have been invited to our Fair. ALL communication will be by email.

IMPORTANT: Do not wait for our email as it takes 15 to 20 minutes to process hundreds of emails through ZAPP. Jury results will be posted on your ZAPP profile on January 18 at 10:00 a.m. Tucson time. There are limited corner spaces and double booths available. Booth placement is based on the ZAPP time stamp, so getting in and buying your booth and add-ons as soon as possible is vitally important! Just accepting our invitation does not guarantee a booth, the booth and any add-ons must be purchased.

Awards:
During the Fair, staff jurors will select the Best of Show Award. The Best of Show Award will be presented on Saturday afternoon at the winning artist’s booth. The winner receives a free Booth, including the Processing Fee and Special Location Request. Tucson city sales tax permit and corner location are extra, (a $625 value). Selection is based on artwork, presentation and artist interaction with fair attendees.

Categories:

Ceramics:
Porcelain: All original porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Raku: All original raku work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Clay Other: This category includes any original work made from clay. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Clothing:
Clothing Handmade: All original clothing other than surface design is accepted into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.

Clothing Surface design: Surface design air brushed or hand applied to clothing is accepted into this category. Machine-made or massed produced clothing with hand applied surface design is to be accepted into this category.

Drawing and Painting: Works created using wet and dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks, washes and paints applied by hand are to be entered in this category. Signed Limited Edition prints of original works are permitted.

Furniture: Works created as furniture in any media is accepted into this category. No mass produced works or kits are permitted.

Glass:
Glass Fused and Slumped: All fused and slumped glass works are to be accepted into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Glass Hand-blown: All hand blown glass items are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Glass Stained: All handmade stained glass works are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Jewelry:
Jewelry Fine: Handmade jewelry using precious metals; gem quality stones and or a high degree of design are accepted into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Jewelry Ornamental: Handmade jewelry for ornamental purposes using non-precious metals and or semi-precious stones or beads are accepted into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Leather: All handmade leather items are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.

Metal Work: All non-sculptural handmade works are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Mixed Media: All works utilizing different media’s combined to make one work of art or craft is to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Musical: All handmade musical instruments of any media are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Other: Art that does not fit into any other category, including hammocks, corkers, light switch plates, fan pulls, animal apparel (dog hats, collars), etc.

Paper: All handmade works of paper art or craft are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Photography: All photographic works including digital are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed and be a limited edition.

Pre-packaged Food: All pre-packaged foods are to be entered into this category. Sampling of products to the attending public is allowed. A health permit and proof of insurance is required.

Printmaking: All printmaking works are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Sculpture: All sculptural works of art are to be entered in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Textiles Non-Clothing: All handmade textile non-clothing works are to be entered into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.

Toys: All handmade toys of any media are accepted into this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.

Wood: All handmade wood items that are sculptural and functional but not furniture or toy, are to be entered into this category. Mass produced work is permitted.

Rules/Regulations
Policies:
The following policies and regulations have been established by the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association to ensure quality and integrity of process, presentation and patron’s experience:
  • Artists exhibitors must be present at the event to represent and sell their handcrafted work.
  • All artists represented on the entry form must personally attend the exhibit and must be present during the entire three days and exhibit hours posted for the public. The Festival is compassionate towards working, collaborative artists who experience honest hardships as a result of this policy. Collaborating artists wishing an exemption from this policy should contact the Event Director, prior to applying, who will provide specific requirements for exemption.
  • The Fair is not open to manufacturers. Artisans may not sell manufactured or imported goods as separate items. “Buy-sell” items are strictly prohibited. Any violation can result in expulsion from the Fair with no refund.
  • Goods are considered manufactured when more than three persons are involved in the making or when they are mass-produced.
  • All work must be represented by the original artist, including commercial reproductions of artwork (limited edition signed works are allowed).
  • We admit vintage and commercial items from our 4th Avenue Merchant Members only. Exhibiting Merchant Members have signs identifying themselves as a 4th Avenue Merchant.
  • If a product is not included in the juried pictures, the artist may be asked to remove those items from the booth.
  • Booth sharing is allowed if both artists apply separately and are accepted by the jury.
  • No pre-recorded music may be sold.
  • If you are demonstrating your craft or talent in your booth, we reserve the right to control the methods, materials, volume or any activity which may provide a hazard or nuisance. The artist must remain in their booth. No selling or demonstrating is allowed outside of artist booths.
  • It is the artist’s sole responsibility to identify the category and the bodies of work for which they would like to be juried.
  • The artist is responsible for proper insurance and protection of their products and set-up. The Fair is not responsible for damage to work or set-up due to weather, unrelated incidents or acts of God. General security is provided 24-hours during the show.
  • The Fair discourages any person from applying if they are inclined to misrepresent both their craft and the industry.
  • All artists are expected to comply with all Fair and government regulations and respect artistry standards. The Fourth Avenue Merchants Association reserves the right and responsibility to ensure compliance of all regulations. This is not limited to refusal of any work to be exhibited that is not consistent with images submitted and work accepted for display by the jury. Failure to comply and cooperate with Fair officials will result in the exhibitor’s removal from the show with no refund and exhibitor’s ability to exhibit in future shows rejected.

Sales Tax License:
  • The Arizona Department of Revenue and the City of Tucson Revenue Division require contact information for everyone participating in the event, including artists, food vendors and sponsors. All participants are required to fulfill their legal, statutory obligations and will be contacted by the state and city for filing procedures and payment of all sales taxes and fees. Please be aware, there are different license requirements from the City of Tucson and State of Arizona.
    • First is the “Street Fair and Community Special Event License.” This fee is included in the Booth fee and is required for each event. The physical license is included in the registration packet at check-in and needs to be displayed in your booth.
    • Second is the City of Tucson “Municipal Tax License.” This is an annual fee of $20 in addition to the “Street Fair and Community Special Event License” and is not included in the Booth fee. It is good for one calendar year and cannot be prorated. It is good from January 1 to December 31. If it is paid for the Spring Fair it covers the Winter Fair in the same calendar year.
    • The third and final is the Arizona “Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) License.” This is a one-time fee. If you already have an Arizona TPT license, you do not need to apply for another. The tax is collected by the state and is not included in the booth fees.
  • Participants may register for a tax license from either or both government entities prior to the event. Please be aware, the final responsibility for the license and collecting/paying tax on sales is on the participant. The State of Arizona Sales Tax is 6.1%. The City of Tucson Sales Tax is 2%.
  • More information regarding City of Tucson Municipal Tax License may be found here or contact the Business License Section at (520) 791-4566 or via e-mail at Tax-License@tucsonaz.gov.
  • To register for a State of Arizona Transaction Privilege Tax License click here or go to www.aztaxes.gov/home and click on License a New Business.


Booth Information
‚ÄčBooth Placement
Booths are assigned on a first buy first served basis, as determined by the date and time of the online booth payment made through Zapplication or the date payment by check is received at the FAMA Office. Invited artists are urged to accept the Fairs invitation and pay for their booth space as soon as they receive an invitation. It is not enough to just Accept the invitation. Booths must be purchased to Confirm one’s spot in the Fair and set the time/date stamp in ZAPP. Corner and Double booth spaces are limited and sell out quickly.

Fees:
  • A non-refundable processing fee of $45 is required for each entry form/category.
  • Upon receipt of an invitation to the Fair, artists are required to purchase available booths through Zapplication.org.
    • Primary Booth fees are $505 for a 10x10 space and include the City of Tucson “Street Fair and Community Special Event License.” Only one (1) booth may be purchased.
    • A Second Booth is $485.
    • A Corner Location is an additional $150.
    • A Special Location Request is $75. Special Location Requests are not guaranteed. When making a Special Location Request, please indicate the booth number, block number and/or side of the street you would like to be located on your application. Refunds will be issued if the Special Location Request cannot be honored.

Booth Space:
The 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair is 6 blocks long running North to South along 4th Avenue and east and west on 7th Street. Artist booths are set up in the middle of the street, back to back.
  • Most attendees at the event walk in a counter clock-wise flow. Each exhibitor will be provided a booth space that is approximately 10’ deep by 10’ wide or 10’ foot deep by 20’ wide space, depending on what the artist selected when purchasing booth space.
  • Booths are assigned in advance of the Fair and restricted to the juried artist and their work. However, the Event Director reserves the right to add additional artist areas such as Emerging Artists or other specialty areas in the show if deemed appropriate to the overall growth and development of the Fair.
  • Booths are assigned on a first come, first served basis as determined by the date and time of the online booth payment made through ZAPP or the date we receive payment by check. Invited artists are urged to accept the Fair’s invitation and pay for their booth space as soon as they receive their notification on ZAPP to Confirm their booth. Corner and Double Booths sell out quickly, so if you are interested in purchasing a Corner or Double Booth you must act quickly to our invitation.
  • Special Location Requests are not guaranteed. When making a Special Location Request, please indicate a location on your application to the show. A map of the Street Fair is located on our website at www.fourthavenue.org. Special Location Requests are subject to availability and payment does not insure request. If the Special Location Request cannot be honored, the fee is refunded.
  • A Corner Booth is defined as one having two (2) open and connected sides. If it is important that your Corner Booth be on the end of a block, please specify this on your application, as there are also Corner Booth locations on the fire lanes. To accommodate a Special Location Request for a corner, it may be necessary to place you near the outside boundaries of the Fair.
  • There is no electricity available for artist booths.
  • Generators, open flame or propane heaters are not allowed.

Refund Policy:
No refunds will be given for cancellations made within 30 days of the event. There are no exceptions for any reason.

Equipment Rental:
Equipment rentals are available from our new preferred vendor:

Parking:
Parking is the responsibility of the artist. Be aware of fire lanes, driveways and no parking signs. No artist parking is allowed inside the barricaded boundaries of the Fair. Both Herbert Avenue and Hoff Avenue are fire lanes during the event and parking in either will result in a ticket. There is no overnight parking allowed in the neighborhoods.
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