ArtsFest engages area children in a free arts festival that hosted annually by the Arts Council of SWLA and the City of Lake Charles. It encourages creative expression through hands-on art projects.
2013 brought the year of Fairytales, Myths & Legends, and local organizations and businesses hosted booths where children created fun and creative pieces of art that tell stories of pirates, princesses, fairies, and even a few scary monsters. Children were able to take home all of their art projects which cover a wide range of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, and crafts. ArtsFest featured live music, face painting, the wildly popular one-on-one pottery demonstrations, and performances by Lake Charles Dance Academy and Young Band Nation.
In the spirit of Halloween, children were encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costume. The annual ArtsFest Costume Contest awarded four free tickets to the family-friendly Spooky Timbers trail at the Lost Hollows to children with the most creative and original costumes. Winners of the ArtsFest Art Contest, which has been accepting entries from SWLA schools for several weeks, were announced at the event as well.
ArtsFest is sponsored by the City of Lake Charles, Arts Council of SWLA, Union Pacific, Domino’s, Coca-Cola, Office of Cultural Development, Parker Brand Creative, and FOX29/Lake Charles CW. For more information about ArtsFest, call the Arts Council office at (337) 439-2787 or visit www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org.