Youth Arts Festival
Annually on the Third Saturday in September
9 am - 3 pm
Our annual Youth Arts Festival is the GEP's largest celebration of art, music, green energy & community fun!
Each year we host dozens of organizations and regional artists who come to share their knowledge and the love of the arts. Last year we had over 1000 visitors!
You and your family can enjoy:
• Face painting
• Glass mosaics
• Wire sculpture
• Making clay pots
• Chalk Art
• Face Painting
• Hammered ornaments
• Painting with tennis balls
• Recycled bugs
• Painting our rainwater tanks
• Live Entertainment, and more!
This event is FREE and open to the public. No pets please.
Come watch demonstrations of glassblowing, blacksmithing, pottery, woodcarving, printing and raku kiln firing. We'll have live entertainment, good food and fun!
The metal forges and the glass furnaces used by the artists use renewable landfill gas from a near-by closed landfill to power them. All the artists at the festival will enjoy helping children to create their own works of art.
One of the highlights of the one-day festival is the Green Energy Park 'Trash Dragon,' a gargantuan costume created and built by local artists totally out of trash. Timm Muth, Director of the Green Energy Park, said, "it's fun and educational when children can see something beautiful being created out of stuff that people throw away."
The Youth Arts Festival is a cooperative effort between Jackson County's Green Energy Park and the following partners:
• Western Carolina University / Fire Arts
• Southwestern Community
College / Fine Arts
• Jackson County
• Lowe's Home Improvement
The Green Energy Park is located off Haywood Road one-half mile past the Huddle House in Dillsboro. Please carpool if you can as there is limited parking.