About Us

The ARTS Festivals and Travel takes pride in planning flawless and memorable experiences for our clients. It is our attention to detail and experience that keeps our clients returning year after year, along with being transparent and honest. With over 35 years of combined educational and performance travel experience, who better to trust than a company founded by educators.

ARTS International Festivals and Travel, LLC (The ARTS Festivals and Travel) was founded in the memory of Mary Nell Thornton, a lifelong educator who believed that every child has a gift and through the many experiences provided by the Arts, he or she will have the opportunity to fully develop into the person he or she should realize. Her son, Scott Hartsfield, an experienced and successful band director in the Texas public schools, and a colleague, Obed Salas, an educator and professional musician with a long family history of performing Latin Mexican American music, combined their forces to offer a new and exciting artistic opportunity to students through quality travel and performance experiences.

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