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

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!

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


Fall 2017 Award Winners

Best in Show - Anya Chaundhry, Desert Vista High School

1st Place Overall - Azja Valdez, Western Sky Middle School

2nd Place Overall - Avery Farely, Western Sky Middle School 

1st - 3rd Grade 

1st Place - Vincent McWhirter, Kyrene del Norte 

2nd Place - Anthony Rangel, MAA

3rd Place - Anthony Cristantos, MAA

4th - 5th Grade

1st Place - Vishwesh Vakachana, Knox Gifted Academy

2nd Place - Kai Hamene, MAA

3rd Place - Larissa Nez, MAA

6th - 8th Grade

1st Place - Azja Valdez, Western Sky Middle School

2nd Place - Avery Farley, Western Sky Middle School

3rd Place - Josvannis Malave, Western Sky Middle School

9th - 12th Grade 

1st Place - Anya Chaudhry, Desert Vista High School

2nd Place - Gabriela Robles, Maryvale High School

3rd Place - Autumn Bleen, Mountain Pointe High School

Digital Art Category 

1st Place - Cameron Johnson, Desert Vista High School

2nd Place - Juliana Reyes, Marcos de Niza High School

3rd Place - Noah Samuelson, Connolly Middle School 

Honorable Mentions 

Ezmeralda Sanchez, Maryvale High School

Jordan Medina, Mountain Pointe High School

Ezra Ramos, Gilland Middle School

Jacqueline Serrano, Gilland Middle School

Kaelani Ross, Gilland Middle School