2022 Youth Arts Festival Cancelled

Due to ongoing construction of the new County Animal Rescue Facility, the Green Energy Park will be CLOSED to the general public and sadly there will be no Youth Arts Festival in 2022. 

Come watch demonstrations of glassblowing, blacksmithing, pottery, printing, torchworking and raku kiln firing. We'll have live entertainment, good food and fun!

The metal forges and the glass furnaces used by the artists use renewable landfill gas from a near-by closed landfill to power them. All the artists at the festival will enjoy helping children to create their own works of art.

One of the highlights of the one-day festival is the Green Energy Park 'Trash Dragon,' a gargantuan costume created and built by local artists totally out of trash. Timm Muth, Director of the Green Energy Park, said, "it's fun and educational when children can see something beautiful being created out of stuff that people throw away."

The Youth Arts Festival is a cooperative effort between Jackson County's Green Energy Park and the following partners:

Western Carolina University
Southwestern Community
Jackson County
The Bascom
Andy Shaw Ford
Western Builders
Top Cats
Ray's Florist

The Green Energy Park is located off Haywood Road one-half mile past the Huddle House in Dillsboro. Please carpool if you can as there is limited parking.

A free shuttle usually runs from Western Builders (164 WBI Drive) parking lots during the event! If the shuttle is not there when you park, please wait about 10 to 15 minutes for it to make its trip back to that lot.