The moment a child moves her crayon across a sheet of paper or dances to her favorite song something powerful and magical begins in her mind, heart, and soul — like a seed taking root. That something is art — and we believe it exists to transform children’s lives. Designed for students from 5K through 12th, ArtFIelds Jr. offers an array of year-round art programs, field trips, and a statewide youth art competition that provide creative fine arts outlets for underserved children and teens in the Lake City and surrounding areas.
ArtFields Jr. gives children from Lake City and the surrounding areas the chance to engage in and be nurtured by art — by color and form and by things made by hand, by artists and teachers and art lovers. Through our programs, kids do things they’ve often never done before, like see live artistic performances and art exhibitions, spend time talking with real artists, and learn and deepen their skills with a variety of artists representing a multitude of art disciplines.
Research shows that art boosts children’s achievement in everything from language, math, problem-solving, and inventiveness to conflict resolution, expression, and empathy, but perhaps art’s true gift is its ability to transport kids to a safe, welcoming world where they can explore their passions, release confining feelings and ideas, and discover a sense of joy and belonging that inspires everything they do — forever. That’s how we change the world — one young artists at a time.
Check out the great artwork that our South Carolina student artists have created throughout the years of ArtFields.
From handson experiences led by local art professionals to educational art tours, our programs inspire the creativity in kids of all ages.
Thursday April 1, 2021
From fine art to unique hand-crafted goods and objects, the Makers Market will showcase the work of artists and artisans from across the Southeast. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the makers and purchase their creations. This location is an open air area and we ask that visitors maintain social distance. Beautifully […]
Wednesday March 24, 2021
ArtFields is excited to announce a partnership with Nickelodeon for virtual art classes taught by professional animators and character designers! These classes will be offered for free in conjunction with our virtual ArtWalk Field Trip opportunities. Youth or teachers can register to participate in the Zoom classes listed below. If you’re unable to participate live, check […]
Friday March 19, 2021
Photo taken during ArtFields 2019. Welcome to ArtFields 2021! After a year without the event, we are even more excited to welcome everyone to Lake City. With our great fortune to be able to host this event comes great responsibility to keep our community and visitors safe. In addition to the in-person event, we will […]
Wednesday March 3, 2021
The arrival of warmer weather and bright daffodil blooms are welcome signs that Spring—and ArtFields—are on the way. Each year, we fill businesses, galleries, and outdoor green spaces with art and welcome students and adults from all over the state and country to view hundreds of artworks and celebrate the creativity and talent of Southern […]
Monday February 1, 2021
Artists participate in the final round of the portrait contest during ArtFields 2019. Applications for the 2021 ArtFields Portrait Contest are officially open through March 5th, 2021. Artists will compete for Best in Show and over $3,000 in cash prizes while painting live portraits. To apply, you’ll need basic contact information and a portfolio […]
Monday January 4, 2021
From fine art to unique hand-crafted goods and objects, the Makers Market will showcase the work of Southeastern artists and artisans. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the makers and purchase their creations. Makers Market will take place during the first weekend of ArtFields 2021 on Saturday, April 24 – Sunday, April 25, […]