Richland, WA 99352
In 1943, the small farm settlement of Richland, in Eastern Washington State, became a government city to house the thousands of people who came to work at the Hanford Works, part of the secret Manhattan Project to build an atomic bomb. Although the government provided some entertainment for the workers’ leisure time, the residents banded together early on to bring culture to this isolated place, and the arts became a vital part of the community.
The first "Art in the Park" was held at Richland’s Uptown Shopping Center in 1950. It was called the “Clothesline Show” at the time because paintings were hung on clotheslines strung up in the breezeway between sections of the strip mall. The eight or so participating artists that year also displayed 3-dimensional art and craft work on card tables. About eight artists participated in that first show. Since then, the show name was changed to the Sidewalk Show and was held in several locations, including the Harry Kramer Center grounds and the park across from the Federal Building until becoming the annual event it is today in Howard Amon Park.
Art in the Park is now counted as one of the 200 best shows in the nation. During the show, you will enjoy the art of over 200 local and national artists, as well as exceptional entertainment and delicious food provided by local non-profit organizations. We hope to see you then!