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Children’s 21st Annual Art Festival & Holiday Joy
Children’s 21st Annual Art Festival & Holiday Joy

New Port Richey, Florida -- The 21st annual Children’s Art Festival, sponsored by the City of New Port Richey and coordinated by the city’s Cultural Affairs Committee, is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

This art festival takes place at the New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center along with the Parks and Recreation department’s “Holiday Joy” event. All the art will be on display around the pool deck.  

This event features several choral groups from West Pasco County schools also performing poolside.  Festive holiday music creates a perfect background for viewing the work of more than 1,000 pieces of art representing nearly 20 district, home, private and charter schools throughout the Pasco County. 

Participants range from kindergarten to senior year in high school.  At 10:30 a.m., Santa Claus will be arriving, and Boy Scout Troop #46 will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages. The Parks and Recreation Youth Advisory Board will be selling snow cones & popcorn. Complimentary coffee will be available, thanks to a generous donation from Starbuck’s Coffee on US Hwy 19.

The art show, which has been an annual staple since the early 1990s, is an event that allows children to express themselves through creative thinking, and display their artistic talents.

Prizes are awarded, including a Mayor’s Award for elementary, middle and high school winners. Also awarded is the Cultural Affairs Committee Best of Show selection, made by the Cultural Affairs Committee members. Participating schools are also acknowledged for encouraging their art teachers and students to be a part of this annual event.

The winners of the major categories will be announced and posted on the Cultural Affairs Committee website at www.DiscoverNPR.com.

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