The very first Festival of Arts started on August 13, 1932. To celebrate 85 years of art, the Festival is having a birthday bash on August 13, 2017 with an exciting day of festive games, art activities, live music, giveaways and lots of surprise treats. Best of all, the event is open to the public and admission is free to the art show all day!
The day will kick off honoring the student artists of Orange County at the Festival’s Junior Art Awards. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be handed out to the top three winners from each grade level, selected by jurors Mark Porterfield, Emma Paddon and Pat Sparkuhl. The 2017 Junior Art exhibit is sponsored in part by California First National Bank and Mark Porterfield of Laguna Beach.
The afternoon will feature a presentation of proclamations, a poem reading by Laguna Beach’s Poet Laureate Kate Buckley, and a performance of Shakespeare’s Fool with Jason Feddy, Ava Burton and Ben Farrow. In the Festival’s Art Center, participate in special birthday-themed art projects and catch a slideshow about the organization’s rich history in Laguna Beach.
At 4pm, join in wishing the Festival a happy birthday with cupcakes and take your photo in the Festival’s photo booth. At 5:30pm, take part in an exhibit scavenger hunt where the Festival artists will be providing the clues. On the Festival stage, catch a concert with Latin guitar world fusion band David Correa and Cascada.
“From its humble beginnings, the Festival of Arts has grown into a world-famous cultural institution,” said Marketing/PR Director Sharbie Higuchi. “To celebrate our history and community, we’ve planned a day of fun for the whole family: music, activities, photo ops, entertainment and food. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and we look forward to welcoming the whole city to join us.”