Times-Tribune / Staff Report

This Saturday, downtown Corbin will be teeming with young artists for the first ever Artists of Tomorrow youth art festival, sponsored by Discover Corbin Main Street.

And, it’s not too late to register for an artist booth or a slot on the spotlight stage.

School age children, from kindergarten through 12th grade, are invited to showcase their art or talent downtown from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

“We’re inviting the kids in the community to be our art vendors and our entrepreneurs and our performers on Main Street,” said Discover Corbin Main Street Manager Sharae Myers.

Art can range from younger students’ homemade crafts, painted rocks or other creations, to older students’ paintings and photography. Students are encouraged to sell their artwork to patrons during the event, or to set up a lemonade stand or bake sale at the kids market.

A spotlight stage will be set up in NIBROC park for students to sing, dance or do karaoke.

There is no charge for boothes or stage time.

The Corbin High School band will be sending students to perform and provide instrument demonstrations. Schann Mobley and the CHS theater department will provide theatrical street performances, and Nancy Bird, Corbin Middle School art teacher, is organizing art stations where visitors can view the work of her students.

Inflatable games will also be set up downtown.

“The goal for this event is to lay the foundation for arts-related events for the community and children and to provide inspiration,” Myers said. “It’s something we would like to grow to be an annual event. We want to provide an event that’s going to be community- and family-friendly, and we have the opportunity to really showcase the different talent in the community.”

Part of the festivities will include an art contest of Cumberland Falls.

Students are invited to create an artistic interpretation of the falls – either by painting, photography, sculpture, watercolor, sketching or other artistic medium – to be judged by Cumberland Falls State Park Manager Lisa Davis.

Winners of each grade category will receive a prize package from Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and the opportunity to have their work displayed at the park’s DuPont Lodge.

There will also be a “Mayor’s Choice” winner among the Cumberland Falls entries, selected by Mayor Willard McBurney. The winner of that prize will be declared mayor for a day.

Participation is open to all area school children.

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