Susan Habas
Thalian Association Community Theatre


WILMINGTON, NC –Thalian Association Community Theatre is seeking artists for the 21st Orange Street ArtsFest, Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 28th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday May 29th 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, with some exhibitors inside the building. The popular juried festival is the largest springtime arts festival in downtown Wilmington and will feature over 80 artists with $550 in prize money.

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. An early bird entry fee of $135 will be offered until April 30, 2016. For complete details about booth rental, deadlines and application process please visit wilmingtoncommunityarts.org or email Samantha Herrick, Community Arts Center Director.

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. Thalian Association Community Theatre has managed the Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington since 1994. The landmark building, long recognized as the 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 the building and its history can be found on wilmingtoncommunityarts.org.

The Orange Street ArtsFest is a family friendly event for visitors of all ages featuring entertainment from Thalian Association Community Theatre and artists who teach and perform in the Community Arts Center year round. Another highlight of the festival is the return of the High School Student’s Art Contest Exhibition presented by the Wilmington Art Association. The exhibition features the work of students from seven public and private high schools in New Hanover County on display with the WWII exhibits in the lobby of the fully renovated Historic USO building.

Established in 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theatre and arts education. Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall, five productions at the Red Barn Studio and professionally manages the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington. The youth theatre program offers training and performance opportunities for children age seven through high school seniors. In 2007, Thalian Association Community Theatre was designated North Carolina’s Official Community Theater by the state legislature.


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