MADERA COUNTY — Families are invited to attend the fourth annual Madera County ArtsFest on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event will promote art in Madera County in a carnival-type atmosphere.
Madera County Schools Foundation and Madera County Office of Education are hosting the event at Madera County Office of Education.
Children will be able to participate in free hands-on art activities consisting of decorating flower pots and paper bags, painting rocks and necklaces, swirling pool paintings, and drawing chalk murals. They will also be encouraged to work with their parents to make play dough together.
“We are excited to offer this event completely free to the community,” said Dianna Marsh, assistant superintendent, Madera County Office of Education. “It’s a great day to get the family together to celebrate, view, and create art in a fun and friendly environment.”
The event will feature live art demonstrations and indoor and outdoor performance stages. Minarets High School Show Band and the Madera Ballet Folklorico are scheduled to perform on the outdoor stage.
Flutes of the Foothills and Minarets singers and songwriters will perform in the indoor gallery.
Free snow cones and popcorn will be provided.
The event will be held in conjunction with a student art gallery. More than 250 students from 22 schools in Madera County competed in an art contest this spring. Artwork from students in kindergarten through high school will be displayed in a student art gallery at the event.
Students competed in separate divisions: K-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade, 7th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade. Pieces were judged in separate categories: 2-dimensional art, 3-dimentional art and still photography.
Students will be awarded ribbons for first, second, third place and honorable mention. All students will receive a certificate of participation. An awards ceremony recognizing all participants will be held at 11 a.m. on the outdoor stage.
The public is invited to attend the event, and door prizes will be awarded.
The Madera County Office of Education is located at 1105 S. Madera Avenue. For more information please call Kristi Winter at 559-662-3873.
The Madera County Arts Council is a partner of ArtsFest.