Young at Art

For more information, contact Lauren Beck, Operations Manager.

Young at Art

Free Admission!
Fun for the whole family!

Young at Art is a fun-filled day of arts exploration for families, providing a way for arts organizations to promote their unique educational programs and connect with the community.

For two consecutive years, the event has invited the Lehigh Valley to enjoy a day of creativity and entertainment in the arts. This past year, Young at Art brought twenty local groups to facilitate arts exploration, and a whopping 776 parents and children attended the event—more than a 150% increase to our inaugural year!

You won’t want to miss out on Young at Art 2018—we’ve expanded the event’s square footage and added an additional performance space to accommodate even more arts and cultural organizations! With added features, like a new event map, designated stroller parking, and a more kid-friendly menu in the cafeteria, we are working to serve our families and make the event accessible for everyone.

Come dance, sing, create, and play!

“My girls loved the different activity tables and face painting. They also enjoyed the live performances, which made it even more entertaining.” — Hazel Singleton Chumo, daughters ages 7 and 4

“I didn’t realize all the great art opportunities that are available for kids in the Valley. It was nice to see what they offer!” — Jennifer Carpenter, daughter age 7

“My dancers loved performing in the open space and had a wonderful time. As a studio owner, I am very grateful for such an art friendly event in the Lehigh Valley!”  — Lillian Freeman, Allegro Dance

SAVE THE DATE!  Young at Art 2018   |   March 10, 2018   |   10am to 2pm   |   Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, PA

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New updates to Young at Art 2018:

  • We are pleased to announce that Funtastic Faces & Body Art will be back for a third year, providing FREE face painting to kids!
  • There will be a third staging area for performances, located in Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Music Room. This space will showcase large performance groups. Adding this space will not only give more organizations the opportunity to take the stage, it will also improve the visitor experience and improve the traffic flow.

Images courtesy of Marco Calderon Photography

View more 2017 photos

What will we see there?

Local arts and cultural groups will be represented as exhibitors, set up expo-style with tables, and they’ll be introducing themselves to the community with promotional materials on their programming for kids. Ask questions, collect brochures, and explore all they have to offer—most parents are amazed at the opportunities!

Kids get a chance to engage with the exhibitors at each table using an interactive map to guide their exploration. This is a great way to allow your child to sample the unique offerings and perhaps learn something new. Your little artist might just walk away with a new love for an unexpected art form.

But the fun doesn’t stop there—our THREE staging areas will captivate audiences with performances and visual arts projects. We have a jam-packed schedule full of amazing dance routines, crafting, theatre performances, and interactive workshops to highlight the arts and culture groups’ talents. You’ll be blown away with the variety of talent these exhibitors show!

What do we need to bring?

Bring the whole family! This event is open to kids of all ages, and even grown up artists will find a ton to enjoy. Each family will receive a Young at Art goody bag to collect your art projects and promotional items. Come with an open mind and lots of energy!

Do I need a stroller?

We do understand that strollers add a level of safety and ease for small children, but we do ask that you consider parking them in our designated area if you are able. Though we’ve added more square footage this year, we’ve found that strollers add to congestion and crowding. Thank you for understanding!

Is there food at the event?
Penn State Lehigh Valley’s cafeteria has limited tables and chairs available for your family’s dining. There will be kid-friendly snacks and lunch items available for purchase.

How do I get there? Where should I park?
The event is located on Penn State Lehigh Valley’s campus, which is conveniently located nearby Route 309 and Interstate 78. For driving directions, you can visit the University’s website:
Penn State Lehigh Valley’s offices and classrooms are all located in one building. There is free parking around that building that is very accessible — there will be plenty of spaces for everyone!


Get your organization involved

Why is Young at Art the place to be? For organizations, it’s a perfect opportunity to be introduced to their target audience, engaging families and promoting their youth programming. For parents, it’s a way to explore unique local offerings, finding new and exciting ways their children can enjoy the arts. For kids, it’s a playground full of learning, exploring, and creative expression. You won’t want to miss it!

What past Exhibitors are saying:

“It is nice to have this event specifically for art camps. It think it definitely fills a void. We appreciate the opportunity to participate. I definitely could see an increase from the first year to this year!”

“Obviously well-marketed and I was amazed at the great turnout!”

“We started this adventure not knowing if it would have value for us, but we feel it did and we will plan to participate next year!”

Deadline for registering as an Exhibitor: JANUARY 15, 2018 

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