After last year’s thousand children and parents flocked to Jackson County’s Green Energy Park for the Fourth Annual Youth Arts Festival Timm Muth, the park's director, was tired but happy. “We went beyond all expectations and it will be hard to beat.” This year's Fifth Annual Youth Arts Festival aims to do just that. A cooperative effort between Jackson County’s Green Energy Park and Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design, this year's Youth Arts Festival scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. will feature even more fun, creative things for children to do.
This year area children can not only participate in painting, weaving, and chalk art projects, they can also throw pots, do printmaking, clay hand-building, craft-making from recycled materials and parade with the famous GEP Trash Dragon. On the performance stage there will be at least two bands and three dance troupes starting at 10 a.m.
Chelsea Miller, a junior art education major at WCU said while working on the recyclable materials Trash Dragon, “I’ve been volunteering at the GEP since 2010 because I love this place. I hope that a bunch of kids come like last year so we can have a great parade. Everybody loves it.”
“There will be plenty to do for the children so the adults can peruse the fine blown glass, metal sculpture, and clay pottery in our art gallery for some very nice seasonal gifts,” Nicole Dupont-Strub, GEP’s art gallery manager.
The Jackson County Green Energy Park, creating art and community with renewable energy, is an award-winning, community-scale landfill gas project located in Dillsboro. The GEP uses landfill gas and other renewable energy sources to power small business incubation/fine arts production, Eco-tourism, and environmental education to the region. For more information, visit http://www.jcgep.org/youth-arts.html and http://www.facebook.com/JCGEP or call 828.631.0271.