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  


Kindergarten

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 


Honorable Mentions

Catalina Rippel

Kyrene del Norte

Kindergarten

Parker Maupin

Kyrene Traditional Academy

3rd

Kaya Rowe

Kyrene de los Lagos

3rd

Morgan Pickett

Kyrene del Milenio

2nd

Josh McCallen

Waggoner Elementary

3rd

Ali Faccio

Waggoner Elementary

1st  

McKenzey Prue

Waggoner Elementary

1st  

Rylee Higgins

Kyrene de los Lagos

2nd

Michael Pinkard

Kyrene del Milenio

1st

Alexa Largent

Kyrene de la Colina 

2nd

Braylon Escobendo 

Waggoner Elementary

3rd 

Kayden Eleando 

Kyrene de la Colina 

3rd

Lexi Calcote

Kyrene de los Lagos

3rd

Raeyne Madison

Kyrene de la Colina 

3rd

Cooper Reilly

Kyrene de los Cerritos

3rd

Fiona Plumb

Kyrene de los Cerritos

1st

Ryker Sarchett

Annunciation Catholic School

3rd

Espen Lai

Homeschool

4th  

Paige Buckley

Waggoner Elementary

4th  

Aditya Pawar

Waggoner Elementary

4th  

Gianna Gonzalez

Waggoner Elementary

5th

James Ladley

Waggoner Elementary

5th

Kylie Boyle

Waggoner Elementary

5th

Olivia Ophardt

Kyrene del Milenio

4th

Sean Campbell

Waggoner Elementary

4th

Ismael Aruizo

Kyrene del Milenio

4th

Alexandria Woodruff

Kyrene del Milenio

5th

Annika Jurik

Kyrene de los Cerritos

5th

Kailey Peter

Emmanuel Lutheran 

4th

Nathan Schlarb

Annunciation Catholic School

5th

Emily Himes

Kyrene Traditional Academy

5th

Cole Careb

Kyrene de los Lagos

4th

Aditya Pawar

Waggoner Elementary

4th

Daniel Corbo

Scottsdale Prep Academy

8th

Letzy Cervantes

McClintock High School

11th

Kristine Le

McClintock High School

11th

Sarah Horn

Casteel High School

10th

Isabella Ledo

Basha High School

12th

Tess Ward

Basha High School

10th

Trevor Yost

Casteel High School

11th

Kaeley Collins

Basha High School

10th

Laura Yanez

Basha High School

10th

Alex DeCassio

Casteel High School

10th

Safia Colbert

Saguaro High School

11th

Dana Corbo

Chaparral High School

9th

Isabela Lukes

Casteel High School

11th

Dana Corbo

Chaparral High School

9th

Gabriela Guzman

Coronado High School

12th

Ashley Durastanti

Basha High School

10th

Shrirackshitha Palaniselvam 

Great Hearts, Cicero Prep Academy

10th

Makayla Norftill

Basha High School

12th

Benaiah Scumard

Coronado High School

10th

Shealee Shumate

Casteel High School

10th

Lewis Yorio

Desert Vista High School

10th

Sarah Horn

Casteel High School

10th

Rachel Eerger

Basha High School

11th

Samantha Rus

Basha High School

10th

Annie Lae

BASIS Scottsdale 

10th

Andrew Tenaglia

Basha High School

10th

Janee Rector

McClintock High School

12th

Alia Cummins

Basha High School

9th

Lauren Schneider

Casteel High School

11th

Gabriela Guzman

Coronado High School

12th


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