Flowertown Festival seeking young artists, crafters

  • Friday, February 21, 2014

This year children and teen artists will be able to sell their work alongside professionals at the Summerville Family YMCA’s Flowertown Festival.

Festival organizers are calling young artists and crafters to apply to be vendors for the new “Blooming Artists” section of the arts and crafts festival.

“We realized in the last year or two that we’ve had at least one young person be a part of the festival on the full scale [three days] and it’s always a huge challenge for them,” said Kim Taylor, Summerville Family YMCA chief operating officer. “We thought ‘what if we offered something for kids on their own?’”

After researching other children’s arts festivals, Taylor said they were sold and designed the application for Blooming Artists.

To qualify, the applicants must be 8 – 18 years old and live, or have relatives who live, in the tri-county area. They must design and create all of their original works to sell as “cash and carry” items at the show. The artists must also set up and man their own booths.

The Flowertown Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, April 4 – 6. The Blooming Artists Festival will take place only on April 5, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We picked Saturday for the kids because it’s the busiest, we thought they would get the best bang for their buck.”

She said there will be 15 to 20 booth spaces on Main Street set aside for the Blooming Artists, with the hope of more in future years.

The YMCA has asked DD2 art teachers to encourage their students to apply, Taylor said.

“It’s just a way for the kids to get involved, and showcase the talents they have.”

The application deadline for Blooming Artists is March 1, but Taylor said the program will function the same as the larger festival: they will accept applications until all the spots are filled.

Those who apply can expect a response within two weeks.

The application fee is $25. According to Taylor, all of the application fees collected will be used to fund the YMCA’s scholarships for youth in sports.

“It’s kids supporting kids that way, it will be a neat pairing,” she said.

Youths interested in applying to be a part of the Flowertown Festival Blooming Artists program can find an application on the festival website, www.flowertownfestival.org.

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