Orange Street ArtsFest

Orange Street ArtsFest 2024 – Memorial Day Weekend

Thalian Association Community Theatre is excited to announce that the 28th Annual Orange Street ArtsFest will be held this year on Memorial Day Weekend – May 25 & 26, 2024 from 9am-5pm on Saturday and 9-5 on Sunday.

Find the Artist application here!

–Thalian Association Community Theatre is seeking artists for the 28 th Orange Street
ArtsFest, Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 25 th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday May 26 th from 10:00
am to 5:00 pm. The celebrated street fair will return to Orange Street next to the Hannah Block Historic
USO/Community Arts Center (HBHUSO/CAC), and on 2 nd to Dock Street, plus artists inside the building. The
popular festival is the largest springtime arts festival in downtown Wilmington and will feature 90 artists from
North Carolina and surrounding states.

Applicants must submit a color photo of original work in acrylic, oils, watercolor, sculpture, drawing, graphics,
wearable arts, leather jewelry, clay, glass, fiber, metal work or mixed media. Photographically or commercially
reproduced work is also acceptable in limited editions, signed and numbered by the artist. Online registration
opens February 1 st with an early bird discount fee of $145 offered until March 4 th , after that date registration will
be $165. Artists will be eligible for awards and $550 in prize money. For complete details about booth rental,
deadlines and application process please visit or email Stacie Smith, Community
Arts Center Director at [email protected].

Orange Street ArtsFest is a family friendly event for visitors of all ages with many activities inside the
HBHUSO/CAC. Everyone is invited to tour the WWII exhibits in the lobby of the fully renovated Historic USO
Building. This year indoor artists will be in the lobby museum, auditorium, and downstairs in the Donn Ansell
Studio adjacent to the Hannah Block parking lot. A special ceramic exhibit featuring the work of Laney High
School students on display in the Peggy Farrell Studio.

Thalian Association Community Theatre launched the Orange Street ArtsFest in 1995 to promote the arts in
Wilmington and the Community Arts Center (CAC), located in the Historic USO building. The theatre
organization has managed the Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington since 1994. The 82-year-old
landmark building, long recognized as the local center of visual and performing arts, was completely renovated
in 2008 and is now known as the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. More information about
building history and a film documentary can be found at



A very BIG thank you to our OSAF 2024 Sponsors!







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