After a hiatus in 2020 that needs no explanation, the Hopkinton PolyArts is pleased to be returning to the Hopkinton Common on Saturday, September 18th to host the 46th annual event. Hopkinton PolyArts was established in 1974 as a festival that featured regional artisans, crafters and local nonprofits managed by a small committee of volunteers. This has become a cherished all day town event and highlights talents of local artists, often it is said that it is attendee’s favorite day each year in Hopkinton per Pam Litchfield who has help orchestrate the event for many years.
The revenue from the Hopkinton PolyArts vendor fees has always been reinvested into aspiring artists from Hopkinton, in the form of annual scholarships to high school seniors. Even without hosting the 2020 Hopkinton Polyarts festival a commitment was made by the committee and an anonymous supporter to still host a scholarship to a 2021 applicant.
The 2021 Hopkinton PolyArts Scholarship was awarded to Antonio “Tony” Weissinger. Tony is an Eagle Scout, a member of National Honor Society, along with being very involved in local and regional theater and musical productions. Tony matriculated from HHS and is headed to Northeastern and his long-term goal is to someday operate his own nonprofit theater bridging generations together.
Also 2021 brought other changes to Hopkinton PolyArts including a new logo created by Amanda Faucher of AB Designs and becoming a subcommittee of the Hopkinton Cultural Council a local partner of Mass Cultural Council. In April, the Hopkinton Cultural Council (HCC) voted unanimously to support this endeavor and per Ilana Casady chair of HCC “this made perfect sense to offer this long-standing arts festival additional resources which is core to the cultural council’s mission of supporting the arts in our community”. Trish Kozub an artist, as well as a lead coordinator of the Hopkinton PolyArts is looking forward to this enhancing the event and broaden the artists reach being featured.
The Hopkinton PolyArts is led by Trish Kozub & Pam Litchfield and serving with them is Jennifer Blake, Hea-ther Smith, Karen Webb and Darlene Hayes who serves on both the Hopkinton PolyArts subcommittee and the Hopkinton Cultural Council.
For more information on Hopkinton PolyArts, find them on Facebook at PolyArts – Hopkinton.