The Cherry Creek Arts Festival (CCAF) is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation, whose mission is to provide access to a broad array of arts experiences and support arts education in Colorado. The CCAF annually takes place 4th of July weekend, and the 22nd Annual CCAF took place July 6, 7, 8, 2012. This annual event is a world-class celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts. Along with the arts festival itself, CCAF fulfills its year-round art education and outreach mission through programs including the Mobile Art Gallery, Artist in Residence programs and the Janus Student Art Buying Program.
CCAF gives patrons the FREE, rare and special opportunity to meet and talk with international visual artists, sample fine cuisine, visit special exhibits and artist demonstrations, and entertain their families with interactive 'Artivities' and exciting performing arts. CCAF is proud to be considered Colorado’s signature cultural event and to be a nationally top-ranked and award-winning art show annually – both in the visual artist and special event/festival industries.
Exhibiting visual artists are the core of the CCAF. The works of 230 fine art and fine craft artists are juried from an average applicant pool of 2,200, making the CCAF one of, if not the most, competitive and highest quality shows in the nation. Artistic excellence of original, handcrafted work is the sole criteria for selection of exhibitors. The Arts Festival features work in thirteen different disciplines: ceramics, digital art, drawing, fiber, glass, graphics and printmaking, jewelry, metalworks, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.
The Arts Festival is also passionate about keeping the arts alive and strives to do so year-round through its outreach programs. Each of these programs has been created with a specific educational purpose and they are refined each year as they grow and adapt to the current needs of students and teachers. The CCAF education department's key educational programs include: the Janus Student Art Buying Program, the Mobile Art Gallery and Artist in Residence Programs. These three award-winning programs touch the lives of 20,000 students and their families annually by educating and engaging students all over Colorado.