Art on the Parish Green combines the finest in local entertainment, food, and artisan craftsmanship, putting them all together to showcase our flourishing downtown area and to help provide community support for the needy in this near-downtown New Albany neighborhood.
The goals for Art on the Parish Green are three-fold. First, it provides a venue for local and regional artists and craftspeople to reach new audiences and grow as professionals in their fields of endeavor. This includes top high school students who display their work in a special booth at the festival.
Second, it highlights downtown New Albany and all of the exciting activity and growth there! St. Paul’s is a downtown church, with no intention of moving to the suburbs. We want our neighborhood to thrive and our downtown to flourish.
Finally, the art festival supports community outreach ministries at St. Paul’s. For example, all 2011 festival proceeds went to support Shepherd’s Kitchen, a community ministry that provides hot meals to between 80 - 100 individuals every single Friday night in St. Paul’s Carriage House community room. In 2012, all festival proceeds were used to purchase 320 backpacks full of school supplies for needy children at a nearby public elementary school, with parishioners packing each one and personally delivering them to children as they registered for school in the fall. Our projects for the 2013 art festival encompass both Shepherd’s Kitchen and more backpacks of school supplies!