29th Artrageous Kids Art Festival back again at Dowdy Park

By on March 10, 2018

Blacksmithing with Randy Hodges at Artrageous 2017. Photo courtesy of Dave Huff.

The Dare County Arts Council and the Town of Nags Head will host the 29th Annual Artrageous Kids Art Festival on Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. at Dowdy Park in Nags Head.

Artrageous is a free, family-friendly event featuring more than 20 high-quality kids art activities from painting to blacksmithing, live music, dance performances, and more fun entertainment.

“We’re pleased that the Dare County Arts Council, for the second year in a row, has chosen to hold Artrageous at Dowdy Park,” said Nags Head Mayor Ben Cahoon. “This event epitomizes the goals we had in mind when we built the park: free, family-friendly fun for all ages and abilities, with elements that evoke our community’s art history.”


The event’s 2018 theme, Find Your Gift, is centered around local nonprofit organizations and businesses that donate their time to teach children about giving back to the community through art and creating handmade gifts for loved ones.

“Last year I so enjoyed helping the kids make stained glass sun catchers with Jack and Marcia Horst,” said Dare County Arts Council President Ginny Flowers. “Watching kids tap into their creative spirit is really special. This year’s Artrageous will have so many unique craft booths, plus a cool gift wrapping station. I can’t think of a better place for children to make gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Teacher’s Appreciation Month than Artrageous. We all know that handmade gifts are the best!”

Artrageous 2017 participant wearing her stamped Artrageous pendant while making a talking stick. Photo courtesy of David Huff

Artrageous will also feature local artisans selling their creative goods and a variety of local restaurants selling the perfect lunch items and delicious sweet treats.


Organizations and businesses interested in hosting a kids art activity and artisans interested in selling their works at Artrageous can find the applications online at DareArts.org/artrageous and at the DCAC Gallery in Manteo.

The application deadline is April 6.


For more information about the 29th Annual Artrageous Kids Art Festival, please visit DareArts.org/artrageous or call (252) 473-5558.

A special thank you to The Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series for sponsoring Artrageous. Businesses interested in sponsoring the event and the Artrageous scholarship program should contact Dare County Arts Council’s Executive Director Chris Sawin at DareArtsInfo@gmail.com.

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

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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