37th New World Festival of the Arts now accepting entries

By on February 24, 2018

Jennifer Rose Hyde received the 2017 New World Festival of the Arts Best In Show award. (Tatum Clements)

Dare County Arts Council announces a Call for Entry for the 37th Annual New World Festival of the Arts, which will be held August 15-16 at the Manteo waterfront.

The free outdoor festival brings 100 artists from all over the East Coast to showcase their fine art, including painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, wood design, leather works, and fiber.

“The New World Festival of the Arts is a wonderful show to participate in,” said 2017 New World Festival of the Arts Best In Show award recipient Jennifer Rose Hyde.


“Dare County Arts Council does an amazing job organizing and creating the energy for the show — their love and support for the arts is reflected in the artists and patrons they bring together. For me, it was a delight to exhibit in the New World Festival of the Arts last year. I connected with amazing folks while enjoying the beautiful setting of the show in the heart of Manteo.”

Artists wishing to participate in the New World Festival of the Arts can find an application online at Dare Arts. The application deadline is Monday, April 30. Notifications will be made by Tuesday, May 15, and a full schedule of participating artist will be available after Friday, June 1.

The arts council will host an artists’ reception with live music for New World Festival of the Arts at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. The reception is free and open to the public, and a great time to mingle with the artists participating in the festival. Midway through the reception, the judge will announce the award winners and distribute prizes.


New World Festival of the Arts has been a Manteo tradition for decades, bringing an average of 5,000 to 6,000 attendees to the historic town each year, while providing awareness of current trends in the visual arts.

The festival was started by Manteo business owner Edward Greene, and is sponsored by the Town of Manteo and funded by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.


This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

For more information about the New World Festival of the Arts, visit Dare Arts or call (252) 473 5558.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

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