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The Story of Art at the Park

The Beginning

Art at the Park began in 1960 with 15 artists and about 200 attendees. Each artist was local and ranged from paintings to pottery.

Today, Art at the Park is the Fox Cities’ largest arts festival with over 180 artists.

The Arts

The Appleton Artists Guild, now the Trout Museum of Art, was also founded in 1960 with a joint goal to provide a place for artists to share work, learn from one another, and share techniques.

2022

Today, the festival shares work by 180+ fine artists, 10+ musicians and bands on the soundstage, numerous youth and family art activities, and some great local food and brewery vendors.

In 2021, the festival moved to a TWO day event and we’re so excited to share art even further!

From a Founder

“Art at the Park was the first thing that happened in this city that called attention to the visual arts in a public way. The first ten years, it was all volunteers. We had no paid staff. It was a labor of love . . . I hope AATP gives people an opportunity to see the quality of art that’s available to them. You don’t have to go to Chicago to buy artwork.

Phil Sealy

(1926-2021)
Art at the Park and Trout Museum of Art founder.
60-year participant of Art at the Park.


In celebration of Phil, find his booth once again at Art at the Park with proceeds supporting the Sealy Family Fund. Corner of Franklin at Union St.