Youth Art

Come Celebrate the Joy of Creativity with Our Youth

We are pleased to have all Williamsburg James City County public schools (K-12), many area private schools and surrounding counties participate in the Youth Art Show annually.

Come experience their amazingly creative works along with fun art themed activities for all ages!

Youth art is displayed in over 2,500 square foot tent on Prince George Street with youth art activities, music and family friendly food available nearby.

Additionally, The College of William & Mary Student & Faculty Art Show will be up the weeks leading up to An Occasion and throughout the weekend. Works from the Senior “Studio Art” majors and Faculty of The Department of Art & Art History will be displayed in the South Henry Street Shops. Faculty members Nicole Santiago & Elizabeth Mead (chair) coordinate the college show and the works displayed are juried by the Studio Art Faculty. Students will create, frame and curate their work.

Prince George Street

Saturday & Sunday


Youth Art Show


Young artist demonstrations and instruction


Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center make-a- masterpiece table


Bubbles the Clown balloon and face art




Junior Women’s Club Sand Art


Area art teachers have told us how much the event means to their students & schools.

From Warhill: “We work very hard and appreciate being recognized.
From Hornsby: “Thanks for your hard work.
From Walsingham: “As always my students love participating in the live art
demonstrations. Congratulations on another successful  Youth Exhibit!

One area teacher summed it up: “We, the art teachers, feel very honored and privileged to be a part of the Occasion for the Arts." Thank you!!”

Thank You to the Students and teachers who participate in this exhibit and to The Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center and The Junior Women's Club of Williamsburg for providing hands-on art activities!


It is with sadness that we share the difficult decision made by the AOFTA Board of Directors to cancel the 2020 An Occasion for the Arts.

This decision was made after weeks of careful deliberation about the challenging and evolving impacts of COVID-19, and was informed by the recently published Phase 3 Guidelines of the Governor of Virginia.

The free and un-gated access to the show simply would not allow us to provide the proper environment for safe physical distancing and adherence to the Governor's Guidelines. Health experts are warning of likely outbreaks this fall because of the strength of the virus and the lack of public compliance with rules about social distancing and other safety actions. We are confident this is the best decision to ensure the safety of artists and the safety of our community.

We will postpone the event until next year and plan to celebrate the 52nd An Occasion for the Arts on October 2 and 3, 2021.

All accepted artists to this year's show will be posted to this website ( in August 2020. We are considering holding a virtual event in the fall. More about this later.