Growing Young Artists

The Growing Young Artists program, presented by Tarrant County College, is a feature element of MAIN ST.

Through the support of Tarrant County College, this multi-dimensional outreach program is designed to leverage the assets of the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival in order to bring the talents of our artists, and the opportunities of our festival, to middle-and high school students in the Fort Worth ISD and surrounding local schools. Over 200 young artists typically sell over to $9,000 worth of art each year.

Two components of this far-ranging education program bring “Success Within Reach” to our community’s emerging artists:

Artist-in-Residence Program

Several of our participating artists will visit area schools to demonstrate their work and provide insight to students about the visual arts as a viable career. Each will conduct a specially focused seminar in the schools, and will present and teach specifically on their medium to age-appropriate students. The students will then have an opportunity to come to the festival and be treated to a “behind the scenes” look at the ongoing operation of a major arts festival. If you are an art teacher and would be interested in having one of our artists come to your facility for a seminar, please e-mail us. Schedules typically coincide with the dates of the festival.

Young People’s Art Fair

Young people are bursting with artistic energy, and our Young People’s Art Fair is a fun way for boys and girls to express themselves visually while encouraging the creative growth of young people. We believe that they can develop their artistic potential through personal expression in individually crafted, original objects. The Young People’s Art Fair will be located in the TCC Makers Zone. Over 200 young artists from around the Fort Worth community set up tables and sell their own works of art to on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. They’ll experience the trials and tribulations of making enough art to sell to a varied audience, customer service, financial exchange and more. They must be accompanied by a parent at all times during the show.

Design and art students from Tarrant County College will host an exhibit of their work throughout the weekend.