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Family Activities Featured at ECU Youth Arts Festival

East Carolina University will host the third annual Youth Arts Festival March 31. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus mall.

More than 100 visual and performing artists from both ECU and across the region will share their creative talents with children and their families.

Family-friendly activities such as wheel-thrown ceramics, watercolor painting, weaving, felting, papermaking, printmaking, portraiture and other arts will be offered. Children may create their own artwork with the help of both ECU art students, faculty and professional artists, said Carl Billingsley, interim co-director of ECU’s School of Art.

“The skills, materials and procedures used by contemporary artists to make their art range from video to clay; the techniques are as old as the pyramids and as modern as HDTV,” Billingsley said. “Young people need to see the possibilities that are open to them to make the arts part of their lives. Art isn’t just in museums, it’s all around us.”

Artists include: Eric Chavez Santiago, a textile artist and weaver from Oaxaca, Mexico; Sharron Parker, Fiberworks, from Wake Forest; Carol Maxwell, a papercutter from Stokes; Glen Eure, sculptor, from Nags Head.
The headline performing arts group is the African American Dance Ensemble.

This activity coincides with the Youth Arts Month sponsored by the N.C. Art Education Association and follows the celebration of Founders’ Week at ECU. The North Carolina Arts Council and Pepsi, and the Greenville Museum of Art join ECU to sponsor the event.

Sponsors at ECU include the Office of Intercultural Student Affairs/Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, the ECU Student Involvement Team, the Student Union Cultural Awareness Committee, the Division of Student Life, and Youth and Family Programs and the Department of Recreation.

All activities are free and open to the public. In case of rain, the festival will be in Jenkins Fine Arts Building.


This page originally appeared in the March 23, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at