Art in the Park Events page explaining about free spaces for artists and performing artists.

Free Spaces for Artists & Performing Artists

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Art in the Park Events article on free spaces.


A “FREE SPACE” is a place where an artist/entertainer can perform in front of public for a short period of time (1-2 hours). The spaces are outdoors in public places. You can paint, tell jokes, read poetry, read stories, dance, juggle or whatever your creative self does. There will be no sales, no busking, no passing the hat. The creative can hand out business cards/fliers, promote bigger shows, collect data for a mailing list, or anything but sell. The purpose of the creative performing in the free space is to bring him/her into contact with the people in the area for future, more remunerative events, and to spread joy to the community. An artist/entertainer may use a free space once, or return every day or set a weekly schedule or randomly appear.


Performing in public offers a chance for the artist to communicate with public, create new contacts, create a mailing list, and bring a sense of community to the area. Doing so brings joy to the community.


Free spaces in public parks, or on the sidewalk next to libraries or post offices are most often available. You don’t have to do anything. You just go there and set up and paint, or juggle or perform magic tricks, etc. You just do it – it’s public space. You don’t need permission.

Although you don’t need permission, Art in the Park Events has a few requests:
1.  Please use the checklist and leave the area cleaner than you found it.
2. Please let your other artist friends know about this information.  Include the link to this page.
3. Art in the Park Events is a part of a system that helps creative and talented folks to make a living with their art/performing art.  Get on our list in order to be notified of events and other helpful services.


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


Freedom of Speech and of the Press: The First Amendment allows citizens to express and to be exposed to a wide range of opinions and views. It was intended to ensure a free exchange of ideas even if the ideas are unpopular.

Freedom of speech encompasses not only the spoken and written word, but also all kinds of expression (including non-verbal communications, such as sit-ins, art, photographs, films and advertisements). Under its provisions, the media— including television, radio and the Internet— is free to distribute a wide range of news, facts, opinions and pictures. The amendment protects not only the speaker, but also the person who receives the information. The right to read, hear, see and obtain different points of view is a First Amendment right as well.


Hundreds of creative people, entertainers, painters, musicians, appear daily in public spaces in every town and city across the United States. Uplifting their communities with their joy of creating, these creative folks can lead a peaceful upheaval of society towards more creative goals help people forget making money to buy the next iPhone. Art for the common man. Art for everyone.

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