The Jerry Brown Arts Festival (JBAF) is an indoor, juried arts festival headlined and named in honor of Hamilton resident and Smithsonian potter, Jerry Brown, who as a ninth-generation potter was awarded in 1992 the National Heritage Fellowship and in 2003 received the Alabama Heritage Award from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Artists from throughout the Southeastern United States participate in this two-day festival celebrating the festival’s theme, "Reflections of the South."
Host of the JBAF is the Northwest Alabama Arts Council, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization supporting the arts and art education.
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Hamilton, Ala. – In a special-called meeting of the Northwest Alabama Arts Council on Monday night, January 31, council members met to discuss strategies on how to overcome issues which had developed in the previous week with the upcoming event. Council members spent 90 minutes considering potential alternatives and solutions, but in the end, the council voted unanimously to cancel the 2022 Jerry Brown Arts Festival (JBAF).