Celebrating 35 years of Artrageous

Published 9:14 am Wednesday, April 3, 2024

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The Outer Banks community is invited to attend the 35th Annual Artrageous Kids Art Festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at Dowdy Park in Nags Head.

The theme for Artrageous this year is Creativity stARTs Here, a nod to the fact that so many children have had their first art experience at this event.

“I’ve been involved with Artrageous, on and off, since the first one 35 years ago,” said Dare Arts second vice president Ginny Flowers. “Every Artrageous is an opportunity to introduce children to the joy and freedom of creating art. It’s so wonderful to see the generational effect, with young artists from decades ago still participating in the event and sharing their creativity with their children, the young artists of today. Over the years, several of the Artrageous Youth Scholarship applicants refer to Artrageous as their first taste of creating art. It’s a testament to how important this event is to our community and its families.”

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Artrageous is a free, family-friendly event that includes interactive art activities, live music, vocal and dance performances by local students as well as an artisan market and food vendors.

Young artists will be given the opportunity to participate in The Young Artist Village, a dedicated space for artists ages 17 and under to sell their handmade goods.

“Artrageous is so fun,” said young artist sisters Cora and Lucy Francy who are participating in the Artrageous Young Artist Village this year. “We like going to Artrageous to see friends, make crafts and to see what other artists are selling. Seeing what people make and how creative they are is cool! We are excited to sell our handmade jewelry, keychains, and pens at Artrageous this year.”

Fork ‘et Me Not, Island Snowball, Blurred Lines Bakery, and The Lopez Lemonade Stand will be selling snacks, cool drinks and sweet treats onsite all day.

The Artrageous Kids Art Festival is Dare County’s longest-running kids art program. The Artrageous Youth Scholarship Fund awards one scholarship to a Dare County high school senior intending to study fine art or the performing arts in college each year.

Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring the 35th Annual Artrageous Kids Art Festival should contact Dare Arts executive director Jessica Sands at DareArtsInfo@gmail.com.

Sponsors include the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and the Don & Catharine Bryan Cultural Series.

For more information about the event, go to DareArts.org/artrageous or call 252-473-5558.