OCEANSIDE — The annual Days of Art festival filled downtown streets with more than 100 artists and food vendors on April 16 and April 17. This year its organizers requested city financial support for the event, which brings crowds of visitors to Oceanside. The arts event has been held for 24 years.
It is a fun day for families, and a destination event for art collectors. Sculptors, chalk artists and musicians perform live. Juried in artists sell a wide variety of unique works.
The festival was initially run by the city its first years. Then the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation nonprofit took over organization efforts.
Artists and vendors are charged for booth space to make the event self-sustaining. Any event profits go toward foundation arts events and arts scholarships.
In recent years it has become challenging to meet festival costs. City permits, security, food preparation sinks, advertising and other necessities add up to over $1,400.
Last year the festival dipped slightly into the red, with operation costs exceeding what was raised by a few hundred dollars.
To cushion this year’s budget, the foundation requested city financial support at the April 6 City Council meeting. Dmitriy Demidov, foundation president, said Days of Art benefits Oceanside, and previously received city help.
Demidov added Days of Art also cross promotes the city-sponsored Earth Fest which runs adjacent to it, for one day of the same weekend.
No reply was given at the meeting.
Genevieve Wunder, foundation treasurer and Oceanside Days of Art chair, said city staff is considering waiving a fee, and should confirm support by next week. Otherwise the foundation has a check ready to pay.
“I don’t anticipate paying,” Wunder said.
A break in not paying full city charges is a boost to foundation efforts. The nonprofit also holds the Oceanside International Film Festival, Write On Oceanside literary festival and Oceanside Music Festival.
Future city assistance for Oceanside Days of Art will be decided on a year to year basis.