Festival of Trees 2020 was completely unexpected in every way. Instead of a parade, we hosted a televised holiday special. Instead of the main event, we hosted a smaller pop-up shop and window display at our gallery in Rock Island. Instead of purchasing admission and event tickets, the community supported Quad City Arts through a day of giving.
With every twist and turn, our incredible committee of volunteers and staff kept the pillars of Festival of Trees in the forefront: to provide a holiday event for the community and support Quad City Arts.
We are inspired by the resilience and creativity of our community – from designers going ahead with the designs they’d planned for this year to family gingerbread competitions to at-home SugarPlum Balls – you give Festival of Trees its spark.
Thank you to everyone who shopped, bid, gave, and volunteered to make this year a success. You are the heart and soul behind Festival of Trees.
You make the Quad Cities a great place to live and you have shown up in support of the arts. Because of you, we are able to provide 7500 students with arts education experiences. Or, to think about it a different way, supported the Rock Island Gallery for TWO YEARS. Or, supported 75 Metro Arts Apprentices for the summer. However you frame it, we appreciate our community and we couldn't do this without you. It’s been a challenging year, but from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for showing your support and we can’t wait to see you all at Festival of Trees in person (hopefully) in 2021!