Young Artists Festival showcasing talent of children and teens

Allen Wallace photos.

The present and future of art were on display Saturday as Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art hosted its 5th annual Young Artists Festival.

The three-hour event celebrating artists from ages 6 to 17 drew hundreds of people to the art center at 701 Whaley, and offered a constant stream of excitement. Performances on center stage drew applause as around the room creation stations offered visitors a chance to try out experiential learning activities connected to STEAM concepts.

Art created by participants in 701 CCA summer camps was on display. Local arts organizations including the Auntie Karen Foundation, Carolina Ballet, the City of Columbia Art Center, Columbia Children’s Theatre, Columbia City Jazz, Columbia Marionette Theatre, Freeway Music School, Girls Rock Columbia, Ink & Paper, Indie Grits Lab, Richland Library and Trustus Theatre were on hand to show kids and parents the wide variety of opportunities available locally.

“This is the culmination, a way to celebrate the summer and look ahead to what we have going on next year,” said 701 CCA Director Hannah Shepard. “Summer is really when we focus on kids, but we have year-round exhibitions, workshops for adults, artist talks, and we run the Columbia Open Studios event every year as well. We’re just celebrating art and educating people about contemporary art.”

701 CCA is currently offering an exhibition called “Uncovered” by Yvette Cummings of Conway, SC, the winner of the 2016 701 CCA Prize.
More information on that exhibition and other upcoming events, as well as future camps and workshops, is available at

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