FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - More than 1,000 artists and 40 bands will fill about 20 city blocks on Magnolia Avenue Saturday in Fort Worth for the 17th annual Arts Goggle.
"The Arts Goggle is the biggest day of the year in the Near Southside," says Clifton Crofford, the executive director of SiNaCa Studios, a non-profit that provides classes on art and glass art on Magnolia.
"Arts Goggle is a special day to bring out the best of what you do and put it on display with all your neighbors," says Megan Henderson, the director of events for Near Southside Inc.
More than 60,000 people are expected to attend. Henderson says placing artists next to each other gives them a chance to sell their work, but they also use the Arts Goggle to collaborate and compare ideas.
"Creativity breeds creativity," she says. "Artists who are emerging and brand new to the festival scene, some of whom are children, are shoulder to shoulder with some of the most talented artists in Fort Worth who have a professional set-up, a professional booth and a big collection of work. I think those professional artists enjoy being next to emerging and young artists. They can see the inspiration between each other. They learn from each other."
Crofford says Arts Goggle also brings together professional artists with those who consider art a hobby.
"I really feel like it's the pulse of the community," he says. "It brings everybody out. It's all about local. It's about our community and really showing off who we are and expressing ourselves to a broader audience."
In addition to tents that will be set up on Magnolia, galleries and businesses along South Main will be hosting artists as well. A trolley will run every 15 minutes between noon and 10:15 p.m. The trolley is free and will make stops at 18 locations along South Main and near Magnolia.
Crofford has also been selected by the Fort Worth Arts Commission to design a public piece of art that will be placed on Magnolia. At the Goggle, he hopes to hear from people about what they think would fit into the neighborhood and match the area's identity.
"The public art program has evolved, and it's doing better than it ever has," he says. "They've taken a step to engage emerging artists, artists who haven't been involved in public art in the past, and they're also focusing more on local artists."
The Arts Goggle runs from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.