Young artists put talent on display at annual festival

Allen Wallace photos.

The future of the arts in Columbia was on display Saturday, and it looks very bright.

The 701 Center for Contemporary Art hosted the sixth annual Young Artists Festival, celebrating talented people from ages 6 to 17 in a day of exhibitions and performances.

On stage, students from organizations including Alzahraa Al-Tofan, Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet, the Carolina Show Choir Company, Columbia City Jazz Conservatory and Freeway Music showed off their skills.

As those performers entertained, Camper’s Row showcased local summer art camp programs, including those offered by 701 Center for Contemporary Art, the Auntie Karen Foundation, the Carolina Show Choir Company, Columbia Children’s Theatre, Columbia City Jazz Conservatory, Columbia Marionette Theatre, Freeway Music School, Girls Rock Columbia, STEM for Kids and Trustus Theatre

Young artists like Alzahraa Al-Tofan, Zyarie Taylor, Motley Nelson and Sabrina White presented their works for sale.

The annual festival is intended to showcase both artists and the many programs available locally for young people interested in the arts. For more information, visit

Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Columbia, Richland County