March 20, 2017

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Eurotard Dancewear and Barefoot in the Park Fine Arts Festival are joining forces to offer cash grants to young performing artists in a special event during Barefoot’s 2017 festival on May 13th and 14th .

Eurotard has pledged significant financial support towards funding assigned to the new project, Teens ages 13-18 will compete for cash prizes in the disciplines of Voice, Drama, Dance and Instrumental Music. The competition will occur on the first day of Barefoot in the Park Fine Arts Festival, Saturday, March 13th, in the Sylvia Beard Theatre, a part of Buford’s Community Center located at 2200 Buford Highway, Buford, GA.

The purpose of the event is to grant 4 young artists, one from each category, a significant cash prize to help them pay for continuing education in their artistic field of study.

Winners will be announced on Sunday, May 14th in the theatre during the second day of Barefoot in the Park Fine Arts Festival which will cover Buford’s Community Center Park. Judges for each of the four disciplines have been appointed for the scholarship decision making. They include Eva Sullivan, Voice; Ashley Anderson, Drama; Nicole Summerlin, Dance; and Greg Pritchard, Instrumental Music.

Eurotard spokesperson Nicole Summerlin says, “Eurotard is honored to support such an incredible local event for the performers of our community. We believe the arts should continue to be supported and enriched, and to be able to be a part of this initiative is amazing. We look forward to seeing the young talent from our own community-wishing the best for all of the performers!”

Barefoot Director Caryn McGarity explains, “Barefoot in the Park is a Fine Arts Festival and as such we want to shine light on the young artists of the future. Barefoot’s mission has always been to raise funding for the arts and funnel it back into the community. This new competition for young artists is perfectly in line with our mission.”

Since Barefoot’s beginning 14 years ago, the festival has raised over $60,000 for non-profit arts organizations and individual arts scholarships in both visual and performing arts.

For information on how to register to compete for these grants, visit the Barefoot web site at or write to

Eurotard Dancewear is an internationally recognized brand dedicated to bringing happiness, confidence and individual style to dancers around the globe. Eurotard believes that how a dancer feels is just as important as what a dancer wears. This concept is what inspires them to consistently design leotards, non-run tights, separates and accessories that are comfortable, durable and uniquely fashionable; so dancers can feel as strong and beautiful as they look.

Barefoot in the Park Fine Arts Festival will also feature two days of fine art, outdoor performances, food, fun and great ideas for Mother’s Day gift-giving. Over 50 visual fine artists will offer beautiful creations for sale including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, fine crafts, and much more. Live performances, a Beer Garden, Binders Learning Village with hands on experiences/Demos, and a Student Art Exhibit from our Gwinnett County and Buford School students will be available for festival attendees. Barefoot has become Northeast Atlanta’s best Spring event and a great place to bring Mom for her special day where the whole family can enjoy the festival and Mom can pick out her own gift. Visit


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APRIL 9, 2012


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            Barefoot in the Park Fine Arts Market will launch its 8th annual event with a Gala on May 4 at 7 p.m. in Duluth’s Town Green. The Gala will feature the theme “Carnevale” and include entertainment, a silent auction, and delicious food and wine from many of Gwinnett’s finest restaurants. To kick off the evening, a special performance by Atlanta’s “Dance Truck” will be performed for party-goers on the Festival Stage accompanied by Duluth’s “Zephyr Instrumental.”


Also a featured part of the evening will be the Gwinnett Public Library’s Pulp Fashion II, a 2012 collection of fabulous fashions.  Created from altering books, magazines and newspapers, this fashion event will take place immediately after the Dance Truck performance on the Festival Stage.


Tickets for the Barefoot in the Park Gala are $60 for individuals or $110 for couples. A table for 8 can be reserved for only $400. Ticket sales and income from the Gala’s Silent Auction are given back to the Gwinnett Arts Community through grants to many of the area’s non-profit art groups and individual artists. Barefoot in the Park is a 501C3 non-profit organization. In its 8th year, the festival will present an artistic feast in Duluth’s Town Green park for visitors on May 5 and 6 with visual art, performances, children’s activities, literary events, wine tastings, and more.









“The inclusion of ‘Dance Truck’ is an exciting element in the artistic mix that makes Barefoot such a special event,” says Barefoot’s Director Caryn McGarity. “This young performing group has been exciting audiences all over Atlanta and the Southeast, and we know our Gwinnett patrons will enjoy them too. Maybe we will all leave the party doing the ‘Barefoot Dance!’”


“Dance Truck” was created by lighting designer and stage hand Malina Rodriguez in 2009 as a vehicle through which to curate performances and introduce new audiences to contemporary dance. Rodriguez co-founded “Dance Truck” as a vehicle to literally bring dance to the people. The company’s utilitarian approach – pull up a truck and dance in it – is evocative, egalitarian, and wildly successful.


The young “Dance Truck” company has presented over 60 choreographers, including a dozen national and international artists, at a variety of cultural hotspots including Le Flash Festival, Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Design Atlanta, The High Museum and MINT Gallery. Ms Rodriguez has received the 2011 Community Impact Award from Emory University’s Center for Creativity and the Arts.


Performing for Barefoot’s Gala will be two dancer/choreographers with a depth of experience and talent. Ms. Rodriguez says, “Yes! We will have a Barefoot Dance made especially for the occasion by choreographer Onur Topal-Sumer in collaboration with Zephyr Instrumental. Ms. Topal-Sumer is originally from Istanbul, Turkey. She holds an MFA in dance with an emphasis on choreography from University of California, Irvine. She has created choreography for FLUX 2010 and 2011 in collaboration with Zoetic Dance Ensemble of Atlanta and has worked with many local companies such as Full Radius dance, Beacon Dance, and with independent choreographers and filmmakers.


Also performing will be Ursula Kendall Johnson, a native Atlantan. Ms. Johnson has trained at the Alvin Ailey School and teaches as a jazz instructor for the Ailey Camp Atlanta sponsored by the Fox Theatre Atlanta. She recently completed a residency at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. Johnson is known for her unique blend of West African, Hip Hop, and Contemporary movements along with her dynamic energy.







In addition to “Dance aTruck” and the GPL’s fashion show, Gala-goers will enjoy an array of food from many of Gwinnett’s finest restaurants such as Mirko Pasta, Purple Rain,Pure, Park Café, Proof of the Pudding, and Café Acadienne among others. The silent auction will feature gift times, tickets, artwork, and many other exciting items “up for grabs.”


This event will be the first performance of “Dance Truck” in the Gwinnett area, and a premiere for the “Barefoot Dance.” For more information about Barefoot in the Park contact  or call 678-677-0172. Also, please join our Facebook Fan Page at!/barefootinthepark10 and keep up to date with Barefoot news at



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MARCH 5, 2012


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MAY 5-6, 2012


            Barefoot in the Park Arts Festival celebrates all of the arts, and the performing arts are a big part of the event’s overall programming. Held in Duluth, Georgia’s beautiful Town Greene Park, Barefoot welcomes performers in two venues, The Festival Stage and the Second Stage.


Performances will begin on Saturday, May 5th at 11:00 a.m. when the Gwinnett Community Band takes the Festival Stage to launch the sights and sounds that will delight visitors all weekend. Performances continue on the Festival Stage until 4:30 that day. The Second Stage, located under the gazebo at the north end of the Town Greene will offer continuous entertainment from noon to 4:00 p.m.


On Sunday, performances will run from noon to 5:00 p.m. on the Festival Stage and from 1:30 to 4 on the Second Stage. A full schedule of performers is included below.


Barefoot in the Park has been seeking performing groups that offer International cultural arts. As a result, visitors can enjoy dancing and music from India, China, Great Britain, and the Middle East. Many favorite Gwinnett-based groups will be returning, such as the Stone Mountain Chorus, the Stephen Lee Band, Gwinnett Community Band, the Gwinnett Choral Guild and Georgia Young Men’s Ensemble. Plus, there will be some surprises and some new groups such as Zephyr Instrumental, Southern Ballet Theatre, ballroom, jazz, and rock and roll.








The events’ Second Stage venue has become a place which showcases young performers. The first performer on the Second Stage on May 5th will be Jenna Bass, Miss Lilburn Idol, at noon. Young performers from the Gwinnett School of Music and the popular young band 38th Parallel are on board as well as the youth performers from The Actor’s Edge and the Sounds of Suwanee Jazz Ensemble. Not all Second Stage performers are youth: the Atlanta Harmony celebration, an all-female barbershop chorus, and our Sax Man will also return.


Below is a schedule for both days of Barefoot’s performing arts. Schedules are subject to changes and additions. For more information, contact Barefoot in the Park at  or call 678-677-0172. Also, please join our Facebook Fan Page at!/barefootinthepark10 and keep up to date with Barefoot news at




·            11:00 – 12:00  Gwinnett Community Band

·            12:15-12:45   Southern Ballet Theatre

·            1:00 – 1:30   Gwinnett Public Library Fashion Show

·            1:45 – 2:15   Georgia Young Men’s Ensemble

·            2:30 – 3:00   Kalaivani Dance and Music Academy

·            3:15 -3:45   Stone Mountain Chorus

·            4:00  – 4:30   Gwinnett Choral Guild


  • 12:00 – 12:45   Jenna Bass – Lilburn Idol
  • 1:00 – 1:45   Green Flag Band
  • 2:00 – 2:30   Atlanta Harmony Celebration
  • 2:30 – 3:00   The Actor’s Edge
  • 3:15 – 4:00   38th Parallel
  • 12:00 – 1:00   Zephyr Instrumental
  • 1:15 – 1:45   Atlanta Chinese Dance Company
  • 2:00 – 3:00   Stephen Lee Band
  • 3:15 – 3:45   Jahara Phoenix Dance Company
  • 4:00 – 5:00   Gwinnett School of Rock
  • 1:30 – 3:00   Gwinnett School of Music
  • 3:00 – 3:30   Sounds of Suwanee Jazz Ensemble
  • 4:00  – 4:30   The Sax Man




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Barefoot in the Park Announces 2012 Event!



JANUARY 30, 2012


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            Barefoot in the Park Arts Festival announces their 8th year of bringing arts, food, and fun for all ages to the Duluth Town Green on May 4, 5, and 6. This popular regional arts festival welcomed approximately 15,000 attendees last year, a record number. This year, there will be even more to see and experience.


Approximately100 tents containing fine artwork of artists from across the Southeast and beyond will vie with a continuous schedule of musicians and dancers for visitor’s attention. A Children’s Art Tent, a Book Bistro, an Adult Learning Village, a Wine Tasting, and a Student Exhibition of artwork from Gwinnett schools. Organizers are diligently working on fine tuning these events and more.


Focus is being placed on two special components of Barefoot in the Park during these early planning days. The first piece of good news is that the Barefoot Gala is returning after a hiatus of 2 years. Held on Friday, May 4th beginning at 6:30 p.m., this year’s return will be titled “Carnevale,” featuring decorations and entertainment from the joyous Italian festival tradition. During the Gala, there will be special events, one being the 2nd “Paper Dress Fashion Show.” This fashion event will showcase glamorous outfits made from repurposed books and magazines from the Gwinnett Public Library.

The Gala will also feature fine food, wine and exciting  performances, but it is the silent auction during the Gala that contributes to the second special component of the Barefoot Festival, its Scholarship Program.


The Barefoot in the Park Arts Festival Scholarship Program has awarded over $43,000 to area arts and educational organizations since the festival began. Money made through the Gala’s Silent Auction and other income is put back into the community to ensure that Gwinnett’s artists and students have what they need to thrive.


Last year’s recipients were Aurora Theatre, Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia, Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation, Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, Hudgens Center for the Arts, and the Jay Shapiro Arts Education Scholarship. The total amount given last year to these groups was $11,000.


Barefoot’s Executive Director Caryn McGarity says, “Our Festival is fun for the many families and individuals who attend. They get to see and do so much! But there is another reason we work so hard to create this exciting event. Giving back to our area arts organizations is one of our primary goals, which we do through our Scholarship Program. As a fellow non-profit organization, Barefoot in the Park feels the responsibility to support what it also showcases to the community-our arts.”


Scholarship application forms will be available soon, and a separate alert will be sent to the media. Exciting details about artists, performers, writers, and other Barefoot events will also be announced as they are finalized. Watch for these details on our web site, and be sure to join our Facebook Fanpage at!/barefootinthepark10.  You may also write or call 678-6770172.


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