About the Artosphere Festival
The Artosphere Festival celebrates art, music and nature with exciting performances, activities and events that the whole family can enjoy. Each year, Artosphere spotlights artists and performers from around the world who are inspired by nature, and provides a creative framework for the community to discuss issues of sustainability and environmental awareness.
The 2018 festival explores water, a subject of crucial importance around the world, through large-scale art installations, a film series, performances and conversations.
Founded in 2010 and produced by Walton Arts Center, Artosphere focuses on sustainability on stage, backstage and off stage. From the beginning the multi-week festival has Trail Mix performances outdoors along local trails, a chamber music series in special spaces throughout our region and a mix of free and low-cost events.
The Artosphere Festival Orchestra was added in 2011 and classical music programming was expanded. In just its second year the online travel magazine, Road Trips for Families, named Artosphere one of the Top 10 Summer Festivals for Families because of its unique programming and mix of both free and low-cost performances.
In 2013, pop-up concerts around the region by AFO musicians were added to the festival lineup. These casual mini-concerts brought classical music into public spaces. Artosphere has continued the popular concerts, renaming these to Off the Grid performances.
Artosphere has created an awareness about sustainability among Walton Arts Center staff members, and has led our Sustainability Committee to implement initiatives to save resources year-round.