Neighboring Bartram Park is the site of the Children’s Arts Festival with gobs of great art projects for kids to get their hands on, all provided free of charge, including face painting, clay play, a flower shop, button creations, sand art, sidewalk art, and a balloon man. There will be glitter, glue, sequins and the like for children to make things like masks, crowns, magic wands, and jewelry. The Children’s Festival is open Friday for children with special needs from selected schools and is open to everyone on Saturday and Sunday.
Also in Bartram Park is the Student Art Show which showcases the talents of both private and public school students of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Over 2,000 pieces of art from elementary, middle and high school students will be on display.
Hancock Bank and the Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis and Overholtz (AWKO) Justice Foundation have joined forces to become the sponsors of The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival’s Very Special Arts Day (VSAD).
Each year, the Children’s Arts Festival at the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival opens on Friday for VSAD, serving special needs students of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The students are able to participate in hands-on arts activities and to tour Bartram Park and the Student Art Show. In recent years, this event has been jeopardized by a lack of transportation funding. With the sponsorship of Hancock Bank and AWKO we are able to continue providing this unique opportunity to show these students that their ideas and talents are valued in our community – and to give them a little festival fun, too!
The AWKO has a history of meaningful interaction with underachieving schools in Escambia County. The firm holds a successful annual tennis tournament as a fundraiser for two local schools.
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm.
The Children’s Festival is open Friday for children with special needs from selected schools and is open to everyone on Saturday and Sunday.
Admission to the festival is free.