After 11 years of leadership, Clarissa French leaves First Friday Artwalk (FFAW) to focus on professional endeavors, as well as to enjoy the arts as a patron. Avery Parrish, Corporate Art Coordinator with the Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC), has been named the new FFAW Coordinator.
Avery Parrish has been with the SRAC since 2016, starting as an intern and creating the Corporate Art Coordinator position from that role. She works with community partners and businesses to enhance their offices by leasing and purchasing local art, as well as with artists to develop their own creative portfolios. Since its inception, Avery has sold over $25,000 of local art to businesses. She will continue to serve as Corporate Art Coordinator as well as First Friday Artwalk Coordinator within the SRAC. A graduate from University Colorado-Denver, Avery comes back home to Springfield with a Bachelors in Art History, and experience in Private and Public Museum Collection Management and Event Coordinating. Her love of art, history, and community collaboration brings enthusiasm for future partnerships as well as honoring long-time supporters.
“We are so grateful for all of the hard work that Clarissa has injected into First Friday Artwalk,” Leslie Forrester, SRAC Executive Director says. “With Avery’s experience and enthusiasm, First Friday Artwalk will continue to grow and become even more of mainstay for the arts in our community.”
First Friday Artwalk, established in 2001 by a group of gallery owners, was created to encourage continued growth of fine arts in the downtown / center city district. It is now a program of The Springfield Regional Arts Council. Over 20 downtown Springfield businesses and galleries participate each month, showcasing art by local, regional, and visiting artists. The event draws in an estimated 4,000 people each month, and also often includes live music and hands-on activities at various locations.