If you’ll be visiting Bisbee with your family or young children on March 24, 2018, the MAKE Youth Arts Festival is a must-attend free event. This annual festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and provides kids of all ages with hand-on, immersive activities related to the arts, including dance, drawing, theater, and more. Book your stay at our Bisbee vacation rental, the Toland Adobe, and you’ll be conveniently situated in Old Bisbee, giving you easy access to this event, and so much more that the town has to offer.
MAKE is for young people aged 3 – 18 and their families to experience explore and enjoy the creative arts.
The annual MAKE Fest is run by and held at the Central School Project, which has partnered with local youth organizations such as the Bisbee Unified School District. The Bisbee Boys and Girls Club, and the Bisbee Arts Commission, just to name a few. The Central School Project (CSP) is Southeastern Arizona’s only comprehensive arts center, and MAKE Fest is offered completely free of charge to participants. (CSP is about 2 minutes on foot from the Toland Adobe!) Activities at the yearly event are taught by local artists and creative professionals. The goal of the event is to provide an immersive arts experience to local children and their families and to help foster their creativity and passion for performing and creating. This include workshops in various visual arts media, writing, theater, dance, film, etc., as well as performance opportunities.
From the MAKE website:
MAKE provides interactive, multicultural, and multidisciplinary arts experiences. It celebrates art created by young people, and exposes youth to the diversity of the arts through quality performances, exhibitions, and hands-on arts activities. At MAKE, kids learn new skills at fantastic free activities such as monotype and block printing, figure drawing, t-shirt screen printing, making matchbox retablo shrines and clay finger puppets.
Parents can enjoy live performances of plays written and performed by the children, and the art gallery will display the works created by the children attending the workshops. Kids will have the opportunity to learn new skills, as well as to hone the creative skills that they are passionate about, including screen printing, drawing, sculpting with clay, dance, and so much more.
Bisbee is known for its love of the arts, and creatives of all ages can flourish in this town. If you will be in the area with children, be sure to check out MAKE Fest. Kids and parents alike can enjoy exhibitions, performances, and get hands-on with a variety of mediums at this important annual event. If you’re looking for family-friendly lodging, please contact us at the Toland Adobe, a dog and kid-friendly Bisbee vacation rental.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2016 and has been updated for the 2018 event.