The Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival is an all-day event with more than 100 artists providing exhibitions, performances and many hands-on activities. The event builds upon the arts community to bring people into the creative processes so they can gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the many forms of art.
The festival is the flag ship event for the Island Arts and Culture Alliance (IACA), a non-profit, community-based organization. IACA’s mission is to promote awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the island community, in order to enhance the quality of life in our area.
The IACA’s ongoing goals are to champion the arts on Pleasure Island, to support practicing artists and local art organizations, to encourage economic development through the arts, and to facilitate the growth of our community into a regional arts destination These activities inspire and enrich residents of and visitors to Pleasure Island and the surrounding communities.
This year’s festival includes over 100 artists from around our region and takes place May 16th from 10am to 5pm on Cape Fear Blvd. on Carolina Beach.
The Festival has three interactive areas – visual arts, performing arts, and culinary arts.
Visual Arts – Artist will have their fine arts and crafts available for sale and many will demonstrate their creative processes. Festivalgoers will find beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces in sculpture, glasswork, functional and decorative pottery, handcrafted jewelry and stunning paintings in bold acrylics, vivid oils and delicate watercolors.
Culinary Arts – The Culinary Arts Tent will feature cooking demonstrations and educational programs conducted by local chefs, restaurants, and shops. Uncle Vinny’s will show the proper way to throw a pizza pie and Sweet Morning Farm will show how to make artisan bread in 5 minutes!
Performing Arts – Performances include an up and coming blues singer, Chaquis Maliq, songwriter-singer & 1 woman band, Beaches and Boots line dancers, Cape Fear Dance Studio and many more local performers.
The Feature Event is a community-made collage directed by Lynette Ashby and Ann Krier, locally known collage artists. Festivalgoers can help create a beautiful collage picture while learning the creative process for paper art.
The Festival’s objectives are to:
- Increase appreciation for the arts by involving the public in the creative process through demonstrations, hands-on-programs, and access to art in different mediums,
- Increase awareness of the area’s artist community and family friendly accommodations, and
- Attract visitors from around the region and around the country to the island and the Central Business District.
The Festival is in the heart of the Carolina Beach business district with access to the fun carnival rides, great restaurants and shopping.
For more information about the Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival, contact Christine Higgins 610.909.7643 or email Chris@ArtfulLivingGroup.com