NC Folk Festival youth art contest

The NC Folk Festival Youth Art Contest is an exciting opportunity for young artists to showcase their talent! The contest is open to all students in grades K-12. Each year, participants are asked to create original artwork based on a specific theme related to folk culture. Selected artworks are displayed at the NC Folk Festival, providing a platform for young artists to share their work with a large audience.


Artwork must focus on the theme “How Does Folk Music Connect Us?”

Required Art Mediums

2D dry media such as graphite, charcoal, colored pens, colored pencils, pastels

2D wet media such as acrylic, oil, watercolor, ink wash, printmaking


To enter the NC Folk Festival Young Artists Competition, students must submit all materials by July 15, 2024, 11:59pm EST. Submissions must include a fully completed online application, images of the artwork, and the artist statement. 

Students: Upon receipt of submission you will receive a confirmation of your submission within 24-48 hours. 

Teachers/Parents: If you would like to sponsor a student and would like to follow up on the students submission please contact at the NC Folk Festival. 

NC Folk Fest Youth Artist Contest Submission

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