Tempe Festival of the Arts
Tempe Festival of the Arts

Kids Block

It's never too early to pique children's creative interests. There's plenty of interactive, kid-friendly programming throughout the festival for the next generation of art enthusiasts to explore. Kids Block is a hands-on interactive block for young artists and a youth exhibition featuring over 300 student works from around the Valley – on display and for sale. Get your young creatives involved with the festival in a new way with our community partners, who will be on-site doing take away projects with young visitors! Please note, the Young Artist Exhibition will be on display all three days of the festival while the Kids Block programming will only be available on Saturday and Sunday.

Young Artist Exhibition + Competition

Be sure to stop by the Young Artist Exhibit + Competition to view the work of hundreds of young local artists. Kindergarten – High School students have submitted art ranging from 2D, 3D, and Digital.

Spring 2018 Award Winners

Best in Show - Shrirackshitha Palaniselvam, Great Hearts, Cicero Prep Academy, 10th Grade

2nd Place Overall - Safia Colbert, Saguaro High School, 11th Grade

3rd Place Overall - Tess Ward, Basha High School, 10th Grade  


1st Place - Carter Collins, Kyrene Traditional Academy

2nd Place - Tobias Nardi, Pueblo Elementary

3rd Place - Ethan Kee, Kyrene del Milenio

1st - 3rd Grade 

1st Place - Ava DeMiguel, Kyrene de los Cerritos, 3rd Grade 

2nd Place - Sadine Khoury, Kyrene de los Cerritos, 2nd Grade

3rd Place - Jalicity Wycoff, Arredondo School, 2nd Grade 

4th - 5th Grade

1st Place - Fernanda Borbon, Kyrene de los Cerritos, 5th Grade 

2nd Place - Giselle Tosca, Kyrene del Milenio, 4th Grade 

3rd Place - Salvatore DeMeo, 5th Grade 

6th - 8th Grade

1st Place - Amala Rajaboina, BASIS Scottsdale, 8th Grade

2nd Place - Lily Schmal, Fireside Elementary, 6th Grade

3rd Place - Julia Russo, St. John XXIII Catholic School, 6th Grade 

9th - 12th Grade 

1st Place - Jacqueline Toro, McClintock High School, 10th Grade 

2nd Place - Anya Keller, Casteel High School, 11th Grade 

3rd Place - Dana Corbo, Chaparral High School, 9th Grade 

Digital Art Category (all grades)

1st Place - Myeisha Syed, McClintock High School, 9th Grade 

2nd Place - Carter Miller, McClintock High School, 9th Grade 

3rd Place - Grace Ferris, McClintock High School, 9th Grade 

3D Art (all grades)  

1st Place - Mary Hill, Annunciation Catholic School - 6th Grade

2nd Place - Jacqueline Serrano - Gililland Middle School - 8th Grade 

3rd Place - Hailey Schwartz - Annunciation Catholic School - 8th Grade 

Young Artist Exhibition + Competition - Fall 2018

Are you a student, guardian or teacher interested in having your student(s) work displayed in our Young Artist Exhibition + Competition for a chance to win a cash prize? Start here by completing a quick form to stay up-to-date! Find important details and the permission slip here. Questions? Please email Kim DeMeritt at kim@downtowntempe.com

Community Partners Be A Part of the Fun! - Fall 2018

Want the opportunity to promote your organization and/or business to thousands of festival-goers? Join Kids Block as a Community Partner. View our criteria and commitment form here. Interested in being a community partner by providing a hands-on art experience? Please contact Jazmine at jazmine@downtowntempe.com