Parts of festival move to Broad

Parts of this year's Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival will move from Reynolds Street to Broad Street, the Greater Augusta Arts Council announced Wednesday.

Because of the construction of the convention center and parking deck on Reynolds Street, the arts and crafts fair will be held on Broad Street near the Augusta Common.

"Last year, our fine artists asked for shade. This move accommodates their requests for shade as well as increased visibility and abundant power," said Grace Inman, the festivals chairwoman of fine arts and crafts.

Two stages will move to Eighth and Ninth streets, but the Global Village will remain on the Common, she said.

The annual festival will run from Sept. 16 to 18.

"It was a pleasant surprise to learn that the traffic light project on Broad Street included upgrades to the electrical system designed to accommodate street festivals," said Brenda Durant, the executive director of the Greater Augusta Arts Council.

She said the Downtown Development Authority of Augusta and the festival committee will devise an alternate parking plan.