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Sixth Annual Young Artists Festival
August 10 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
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. 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 named Alzahraa Al-Tofan.Youths will also get to take home their very own works of art created at the butterfly chromatography, clay cuneiform, inca quipu and woodworking STEAM stations. Plus, two new festival games will be launched this year – a QR Code Scavenger Hunt and a Tangram Design Contest! Finally, attendees can enjoy the food court with lemonade from 701 CCA, pizza from Village Idiot and Sno Kones from One Columbia.
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.