July 6, 2022

AOFTA Receives Virginia Tourism Corporation Grant for Tourism Marketing

Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) has awarded more than $2.7 million for 259 local and regional tourism marketing programs across the state to help increase visitation and revenue for Virginia’s localities […]
June 22, 2022

AOFTA Grants Program Ensures Growth of Artists in Williamsburg for Generations

While An Occasion for the Arts (AOFTA) is held over two days every fall, its mission is to promote the arts in Williamsburg year round. In 2015, the Executive Committee […]
September 28, 2021

Something in the WATA at An Occasion for the Arts

Eclectic artist Sally St. Rose paints with acrylics, sculpts, illustrates children’s books and designs product logos. She’s turned her shoes into giant paintbrushes before applying them to a giant canvas. […]
September 27, 2021

Channel Your Inner Artist Alongside Steve Prince at An Occasion for the Arts

One of the highlights of An Occasion for the Arts this fall is the interactive element that will showcase the inner artist in all of us. Who better than Steve […]
September 23, 2021

Fall in Love with the Creativity of These Female Trendsetters at An Occasion for the Arts

Visit An Occasion for the Arts on Oct. 2-3, 2021 in Merchants Square to get a firsthand look at the trendsetters who continue to raise the creative bar to heights […]
September 23, 2021

Viewing An Occasion for the Arts Through a Local Lens

While artists from across the nation show their work at An Occasion for the Arts, several hail from the Williamsburg area. Here is a snapshot of local artists whose work […]
September 20, 2021

Honoring a Volunteer Who Left a Cherished Legacy Behind

Sue Donaldson was almost as instrumental to An Occasion for the Arts as the artwork itself. A founding member of Williamsburg’s premier arts festival, Donaldson referred to herself as a […]
August 31, 2021

An Occasion for the Arts Festival Extends Youth Video Submission Deadline

Students have until Sept. 15 to share their COVID experience digitally. Williamsburg, Virginia — An Occasion for the Arts (AOFTA) has extended the deadline for its  Youth Art Exhibition, a […]
August 24, 2021

Make An Occasion for the Arts an Occasion to Explore Everything Merchants Square

Of course, your calendar is marked for An Occasion for the Arts, Williamsburg’s premier art show, coming back to Merchants Square in person on Oct. 2-3, 2021. This isn’t just […]
August 15, 2021

An Occasion for the Arts Returns to Merchants Square with a Focus on Engagement, Youth & Community

Williamsburg, Virginia —Williamsburg’s premier arts festival returns to Merchants Square on Oct. 2-3, 2021, with visual, performing and youth artists along with multiple interactive opportunities to inspire your inner artist. […]