About Us

An Occasion for the Arts, a 501c-3 non-profit organization, was founded in 1969 to provide Williamsburg with an arts extravaganza. Since then it has grown, year by year, to become the area’s premier art and music festival. The all-volunteer Board of Directors dedicates an enormous amount of time and talent year-around to produce the event.

We are especially proud to draw outstanding artists from around the country on the first weekend in October each year. We are equally proud of having an exceptional youth component to the show. Not only do we provide space for talented youngsters to display their work, but a stage to perform and, in partnership with Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center, a place for youngsters to create their own artwork.

Lively performances are held both days on our two stages, and the popular food court provides a culinary taste of fall. Check the schedule of performances so you won’t miss any events. This year, on Saturday, The Williamsburg Book Festival joins us to celebrate the literary arts as well as visual and performing arts.

With the help of our Friends, sponsors and supporters, we now provide an endowment through the Williamsburg Community Foundation to promote the arts in our area. If you would like to sustain quality art in Williamsburg, join us as a volunteer or as a Friend using our printer friendly form.

Executive Committee:
Stuart Honenberger, President, Production Coordinator
Antonija Simpson, Vice-President, Volunteer Coordinator
Nancy Wigley, Secretary, Decor Coordinator
Tim Caviness, Treasurer, Finance Director
Sue Donaldson, At-Large

Board of Directors:
Christina Carroll, Legal, Marketing and Long-Range Planning Advisor
Bob Harris, Media & Community Engagement Coordinator
Allison Jones, Market Research
Fred Miller, Artistic & Signage Coordinator
Julie Martin, Performing Arts Coordinator
Beth Wigley, Youth Art Director
J.R. Powell, Merchant’s Square Restaurants
Marty Wilson
, Merchants Square Retail

Leo Charette, Executive Director

An Occasion For The Arts,  P.O. Box 363, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187

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