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 300+ of 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.

Community Partners Join the Fun!

Want the opportunity to promote your organization and/or business to thousands of festival-goers? Join Kids Block as a Community Partner. If you are interested in being a community partner by providing a hands-on art experience and have questions please contact Cristina Celaya.

Become a Community Partner

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Fall 2018 Community Partners

Arizona State Parks & Trails
Be... An Artist
Children's Museum of Phoenix
Color Mural
Operation Enduring Gratitude
Play Phoenix
Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
Tempe Police Department (Saturday 10:30 pm - 2:30 pm)
*Subject to change

Young Artist Exhibition + Competition

The Tempe Festival of the Arts is proud to showcase the spectacular array of K-12 art. Each festival we receive hundreds of pieces of artwork created by talented valley youth who are interested in having their work displayed for a chance to win a cash prize, and for the opportunity to sell their work (please refer to each nameplate to identify which pieces are for sale). You can visit the exhibition near Kids Block, Friday - Sunday at the festival.

Interested in submitting your student or child's work? Entry is FREE and easy!

Step 1: Complete the Intent to Submit online form by February 22, 2019.

Step 2: Fill out the Young Artist Permission Slip.

Step 3: Deliver artwork to Downtown Tempe Authority office.

Fall 2018 Award Winners

Spring 2018 Award Winners


Young Collectors

Appreciation for art starts at a young age. For just $5 your child can begin their art collecting journey by purchasing their very own piece of art handcrafted by one of the professional artists vending at the festival. The Young Collectors section will be open on the Saturday of the festival at 10:30am until all of the art has been collected.


Questions? Contact Kim DeMeritt,