Originally named the Webster Community Foundation, Webster Arts was built on principles of social service before shifting toward a commitment to the arts. It was the fall of 2000 when volunteers at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church (EEC) wanted to organize a large community service project. And, in the aftermath of 9/11, Webster residents were seeking a way to feel connected to their neighbors. Art&Air, now known as Webster Arts Fair, was the answer. The EEC community leaned into Webster’s strong artistic sensibility and the history of the Loretto-Hilton performing arts organizations. In its first year, Art&Air hosted 90 artists on the grounds of EEC and was well received by the community. As the organization began to gain momentum, it welcomed leadership beyond the church body to join the Art&Air Steering Committee, eventually emerging as an independent non-profit organization. By the third year, the fair moved to the grounds of Eden Seminary and hosted 120 artists and over 10,000 fairgoers. In 2015, Webster Arts Fair welcomed 20,000 patrons over the three-day fair.
In recent years, the Webster Arts has expanded its audience, strengthened its board and specified its mission. With a dynamic events calendar, Webster Arts is proud to offer additional arts events, such as Paint Webster, Rock Hill Ministries Summer Outreach, Autumn Music Series, curated small exhibits, and other community engagement programs. Webster Arts greatly relies on the loyalty of its volunteers, board and staff to continue to deliver exceptional arts programming in Webster, free for all.