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Doylestown Youth Arts Festival celebrates young artists, musicians


The Doylestown Youth Arts Festival is back again with another day full of festivities, music and art that will be a chance for youth to show off their hard work and talents.

The youth-driven community event, hosted by Salem Church and sponsored by local businesses, will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the lawn at Freeman Hall, 181 E. Court St., Doylestown.

“We really like the kids to take credit for the day. The youth art festival showcases the art and music of our youth (college age and younger),” stated Kim Beck, one of the organizers of the festival. Beck also explained that there will be a free outdoor concert put on by the young musicians, and an art show in the Freeman Hall Gallery. There will be art projects, face painting, Rangoli street art, and temporary tattoos.

Not only will there be live music, arranged by student coordinator Tyler Beck, but there will also be art activities, managed by Kristy DeFlores.

“Kim and I had the same vision for the event,” DeFlores explained. “It would be an annual event in May where these very talented kids could show off their musical talents and artwork.” DeFlores further explained that there will be plenty of activities for everyone, and she is “excited for the community to come and have a nice time.”

Complimentary refreshments will be available as people make their way around the festival and gaze at the distinctive art and the painted guitars, embellished by students from Central Bucks School District and ArtMuse, emphasizing that every part of this festival was organized by the youth of Bucks County.

In addition to all of the events taking place at the festival, there will also be a food drive to support the Bucks County Housing Group Food Pantry. Attendees are encouraged to bring items such as tuna, beans, pasta, rice, oatmeal, canned fruits, vegetables, and soups. “We have students involved volunteering their time with the food drive. It’s so exciting to provide an opportunity for these kids to help out those in need,” remarked DeFlores.

They are also looking for donations of cleaning supplies, household supplies such as dish detergent, paper towels, tissues, toilet paper and hand soap, along with personal care items like feminine products, baby supplies, and first aid supplies.

“It is empowering to have an opportunity to bring this type of event to our town and to our youth in the community. It feels good to see them enjoy a special event just for them,” said DeFlores, encouraging all to come out, relish the experience, and support the food drive as well.

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