3rd Annual Children's Art & Literacy Festival Kicks Off in Full Swing

Published 06/12 2014 06:27PM

Updated 06/12 2014 06:36PM

More than 2,000 people have registered for the Children’s Art & Literacy Festival kicking off Thursday night in downtown Abilene.

People are coming from all over Texas and New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Nevada and Missouri.

The fun starts with ArtWalk night June 12 at 4 p.m. for the costume contest followed by a parade at 5:30 p.m. William Joyce, festival honoree, will speak at the Paramount Theatre at 6:30 p.m. followed by a book signing and at 8 p.m. the unveiling of five bronze sculptures around downtown representing his Guardians of Childhood. A sixth sculpture will be unveiled at a later date.

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature is hosting Mr. Joyce and exhibiting his work this summer in the gallery. The Center for Contemporary Arts will also have an exhibit based on his artwork for the “Epic” animated movie based on his book “The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.” Their exhibits open Thursday.

Activities are taking place all day Friday and Saturday starting at 9 a.m., including a William Joyce movie festival, dramatic readings, train rides, magic shows, live animals, art activities, art exhibits and more. The festival ends on a high note with an optional concert by Grammy Award-nominated singing duo Trout Fishing in America.

Mr. Joyce is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, author and illustrator in Shreveport, La.

Festival passes are available at the T&P Depot at 1101 N. 1st St. for $10 for children and $15 for adults and will get you into three days of activities. The optional concert Saturday is $5 with a festival pass or $10 without.

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