Arts Council names 2018 Artrageous scholarship winners

Published 6:14 am Thursday, May 17, 2018

Hundreds came out to Dowdy Park on Saturday, May 12 for the 29th Annual Artrageous Art Festival.

The free community event celebrates all things art, offering a place where families can participate in high-quality activities, hear live music, enjoy food, support local artisans and have fun.

“Artrageous just keeps getting better every year,” said Kill Devil Hills resident Samantha Simmons. “I love the live music and stage performances and my daughter Logan loves the art activities. Painting the peek-a-boo wall is quickly turning into a beloved tradition for Logan. This year she painted me the most adorable mini-canvas for Mother’s Day at Artrageous.”

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Proceeds from Artrageous benefit Dare County Arts Council’s cultural arts programming and the Artrageous Youth Scholarship Fund, which awards one scholarship to a senior at each Dare County High School.

The 2018 scholarship recipients are Madison Ball of First Flight High School, Elizabeth Wheless of Manteo High School and Susanna Couch of Cape Hatteras Secondary School.

This year’s event featured entertainment by the Nags Head Elementary School choir, Static Attitude, student bands from the Mustang Outreach Program, Atlantic Dance, reggae band Sensi Trails with guest Holden McOwen, and Washington, D.C.-based pop rock band Sub-Radio.

“We really enjoyed being a part of Artrageous, it meant a lot to us especially with it being our senior year of high school,” said Alexandra Byers and Katie Hala from Static Attitude. “Last year we played in the acoustic art walk at Artrageous and this year on the stage. It is so cool to see how far we’ve come and for that to be noticed by organizations like Dare County Arts Council.”

Artrageous was started in 1989 with the goal of creating an annual, free community event that would bring families together to dance, sing and be creative.

For more information about Dare County Arts Council or their upcoming events, visit or call 252-473-5558.