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Children's Arts Festival
February 3,2017- February 25, 2017
Opening Reception: February 3 2017 from 4:00-9:00pm

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO – Friday, February 3rd,  from 4 to 9 p.m., the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will host a reception for the 17th Annual Children's Arts Festival. The show will be displayed until February 25th and will feature pieces from 28 participating schools, spanning 3rd-8th grade.

Introduced in the year 2000, the Children’s Arts Festival was developed as a way to showcase what local arts teachers, and their students, are doing in their classrooms.

The show is juried, and the top 8 entries in each age group, from 3rd to 8th grade, are featured in a booklet distributed at the event. The student poetry section will also be continued in the 17th Annual Children’s Arts Festival. Students were prompted to write a poem about “Why I Love ________,” a fan poem about a favorite celebrity, tv or movie personality, musician, or someone they know personally. One winner will be selected from each grade level for this category as well.

This event has grown to play a large role in arts education advocacy here in Southeast Missouri. One piece of artwork is selected for each of the represented counties to be on display in their Representative’s office for a full year! The artists selected are invited to the Capitol Building in Jefferson City on Fine Arts Education Day to meet with their Missouri State Legislators in person to present their artwork. Additionally, we select works from the Cape Girardeau classes to present to our very own City Council later on in the year.

Thank you to the local sponsors of this event: Walmart, Southeast Health, Cape Radiology Group, Alliance Bank, Horst Pharmacy, and Wood and Huston Bank. Special Thanks to Chick-Fil-A for providing their delicious cookies and McDonalds for providing milk and juice boxes for our opening reception.


The Visual Arts Cooperative will also debut new works in the Visual Arts Cooperative Gallery, with an additional display of original artwork miniatures, priced below $75. Featured window exhibitors are Juanita Wyman and Criag Thomas.


If you have any questions regarding this exhibit, please contact us at 573-334-9233.