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For the fourth time in a row, ArtsFest has been named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS). The best events across the southeastern United States compete to receive a Top 20 designation. The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing and the Arts Council of Martin County collaborated on the application for this prestigious designation.

Celebrating its 32nd year, ArtsFest will return to Stuart's Memorial Park February 9-10. Each year this award-winning event provides the opportunity for people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to discover and embrace the arts!

Sign Up Today! Limited seating available.

Featuring members of the team from the Ripple Project: Lucy Keshavarz, lead artist; Leo Giangrande, Principal at Giangrande Engineering and Planning; Dianne Hughes, Martin County Senior Ecosystem Specialist for the Ecosystem and Restoration Management Division; Vincent Encomio, PhD., FL Sea Grant Extension Agent II, Martin and St. Lucie Counties, UF/IFAS Extension, and Kerry Sees, citizen workshop participant.

The panel will expand on the benefits of EcoArt/Creative Community Placemaking in our community and each of their unique role in bringing the project from concept to design and at some point, implementation.

Many of you have been asking about the status of our efforts to have Stuart High School become a Cultural Center. This fall we invited a few members of the community to participate in stakeholder meetings. Through their sage input and advice, we created priorities for the project and (if it's possible) become even more excited about what this could mean to our community!