Guidelines for Participation
The following are the guidelines for participation in the Arts and Eats Rural Backroads Tour. Participants must meet the criteria stated below and return their completed application and payment by 5 pm on the posted deadline.
For artists: All work must be original and handcrafted. No work created from commercial kits, stencils, molds, patterns, or prefabricated forms is acceptable. Participating galleries must represent a significant number of locally-based artists from within the tour region.
Participant Partner Guidelines: Tour sites must be within the designated areas of Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren Counties and are restricted to studios and art galleries selected by the Arts and Eats Committee. Artist sites agree to be open 10:00-5:00 on October 17 and 18, 2020.
Returning artists: $70 ($95 if applying after early bird period)
New artists: $85 ($105 if applying after early bird period)
If applicants are not accepted to Arts and Eats, the participation fee will be refunded. No refunds will be given if an applicant is selected as a participant and later withdraws.
Tour Promotion: Each site/participant is expected to promote the Arts and Eats tour through its networks independently of the general Tour promotions. Each participant will be provided with copies of the Map and Guide for distribution. Participants agree to provide the Arts and Eats Committee with information and photographs/video for the website, Map and Guide, and other promotions/promotional activities.
Signage: Each site will prominently display Arts and Eats signs during the tour days to help direct visitors to the site. New artists will be provided with one large and two directional signs.
Map and Guide: The Map and Guide gives visitors information about tour locations and serves as a reference after the Tour. The map is given out during the year to visitors through Arts Councils, Chambers of Commerce, and other partners. Participant Partners are responsible for distribution of the Maps they are given for the greatest promotional impact.
Other promotion: Arts and Eats promotion is year-round. Participants may send calendar updates and special events to the marketing coordinator, who will post throughout the year.