Sixth Annual Young Artists Festival
Presented by the 701 Center for Contemporary Art
WHERE: 701 Whaley Market, 701 Whaley St., Columbia, SC 29201
WHAT: Family friendly arts festival celebrating young artists, ages 6 to 17, in the Midlands. Activities include games, performances, crafts, food vendors, and more!
Free and open to the public.
WHEN: Saturday, August 10th, 2019, Noon – 3pm
COLUMBIA, SC — The 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) is pleased to present the Sixth Annual Young Artists Festival celebrating young artists, ages 6 to 17, in the Midlands. This free, family friendly event will feature performances from local arts organizations, an exhibition of works by 701 CCA summer camp participants, games and STEAM stations where children can learn and create new works of art!
The three-hour festival will present various stations of activity, such as “Campers Row,” showcasing local summer art camp programs, “STEAM Stations,” offering experiential learning through interactive activities, the “YAF Stage,” presenting drama, dance, and musical performances, “Young Artist Entrepreneurs,” featuring youths that will showcase, market and sell their own work, and various “Fun and Games” sites spread throughout the festival. 701 CCA is excited to announce new additions to this year’s lineup of participating organizations, including the Carolina Show Choir Company and STEM for Kids. The Richland Public Library will also be debuting a button making station! On stage, attendees will get to see performances from Freeway Music, Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet, Columbia City Jazz Conservatory, Carolina Show Choir Company, as well as the Storytelling debut of a Young Artist. Finally, youths will get to take home their very own works of art created at the printmaking, marbling and woodworking stations – or they can even step outside to work with the official festival chalk artist!
Hannah Shepard, Executive Director of 701 CCA, sees this as a unique opportunity to bring together summer camp programs in Columbia annually. “Every year, the festival expands its programming through additions of new organizations, new activities and new ways to engage the youth of the Midlands in the arts. Because of the festival’s continued success in offering hands-on arts experiences in an informal and fun setting, the South Carolina Arts Commission has awarded a grant for the second year in a row to our organization in support of the Young Artists Festival. Join us for an incredibly fun time in celebrating young artists on Saturday, August 11, from noon to 3pm!”
The offerings of the Young Artists Festival are specifically designed to build skills in creativity, critical thinking, personal marketing and community building. While many of the participants have a fun day out with music, dance, and art making, they absorb a wide range
of ways in which they can build their imagination and creativity. The STEAM-centered “STEAM Stations” will provide experiential opportunities for participants to make connections between the arts and science, technology, engineering, and math. Additionally, parents are able to witness first-hand their children’s achievement and learn more about other programs that would potentially benefit them in the following year.
For further inquiries, contact [email protected] or call (803) 319-9949. Please check the 701 CCA website for additional information on the event and associated activities. 701 Center for Contemporary Art is a visual art center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process, and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual arts and other art forms.
For Immediate Release July 9, 2019