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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.
Wednesday September 22, 2021
What if I have two residences? Artists who have had a listed permanent address for at least six months in one of the 12 participating states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) and have a valid ID for that state are welcome to apply. If […]
Thursday September 16, 2021
ArtFields community mural created during ArtFields 2013 by Jessica Diaz, Morgan Funkhouser, Olivia Cramer, and Sam Ogden in partnership with the Lake City community. Each year among our many submissions, we often find submissions that haven’t adhered to the Artists’ Rules as listed. We want each artist’s submission to move forward to judging and […]
Tuesday September 7, 2021
Our selection panel views all the artwork digitally during the rating process, so it’s very important to present your work with the strongest photos/videos so that the panelists get a good grasp of your art. Our friends over at Second Floor Media offered some tips on how to photograph your art. Find the […]
Thursday September 2, 2021
“Rum Runners” by Kory Russell and “Portrait of Lethy by her Apple Tree, 1987” by David Edwards on display during ArtFields 2021 in Sip Co. What is ArtFields, anyway? As we begin our open call to artists, you may be wondering, “What is ArtFields?” ArtFields was an event founded in 2013 and we’re celebrating […]
Friday August 27, 2021
“Sarracenia Alabamensis” by Logan Tanner hangs in Main Street Mercantile during ArtFields 2021. ArtFields offers a unique display of art as local businesses transform into art galleries during the event. Photo by Dawson Powers. We are excited to once again begin our annual call to artists in the 12 Southeastern states! Adult artists working […]
Thursday July 22, 2021
We are proud to announce the first change in exhibition layout for Crossroads Gallery! After opening in December of 2019 as a permanent location to feature previous ArtFields winners, we were faced with our annual event cancellation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, we have been eagerly awaiting another rotation of winners and the opportunity […]