Young Artist Market | Arts in the Heart | Applications OPEN | Due Sept 8, 2023

Young Artist Market | Arts in the Heart | Applications OPEN | Due Sept 8, 2023

Dates of Festival
September 15-17, 2023

Deadline to apply: Sept 8, 2023 by 11:59 PM

The Greater Augusta Arts Council and the City of Augusta are proud to present the 41st Annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival. We love to see our community’s young artists so enthusiastic about participating in the arts. Every year, we provide an opportunity for them share their passion in our Young Artists Market, aka the YAM.

The Young Artist Market is an arts and crafts market that allows for artists of any school-age (4-18) become arts entrepreneurs. It is our hope that by participating in the YAM that Young Artist Marketeers gain a better appreciation for the arts while learning about what it takes to be an arts professional.

Due to limited space, this market operates on a first-sign, first-serve basis. Young Artist Marketeers (or YAMS) are required to register for the 2023 AITH Festival. There will be no walk-in participants in the YAM.

Info & Guidelines:

1.The YAM at the Arts in the Heart Festival is an area where young artists may sell their arts, crafts, music, and more. This includes, but is not limited to: Photos, prints, painting, drawing, music playing, literature, illustrations, comics, zines, poetry, sewing, decorated clothing, face painting, jewelry, crafts, nail painting and hair braiding. All must be made by participating young artists.

Unfortunately, we cannot allow food items for sale in the young artist market.

2. Any school-aged youth, kindergarten – 12th grade may participate. (4-18 years of age). Those artists younger than 16 years of age must have a parent or guardian present for the duration of their stay.


1. Fill out this form

2. Purchase an admission badge for the festival (even if you are under 10 yrs. old.) Pre-sale tickets will be made available on, at local businesses such as Augusta & Co., Vintage Ooollee, or the Richmond County Tag Offices. They can also be purchased day-of at the Family Area Gate before YAM check-in.

At YAM check-in, Young Artists will receive an “artist ribbon” to pin to their festival badge. This must be worn at all times.

3. Each Young Artist Marketeer will have a 3′ x 3′ space to set up their wares. Works can be displayed on <b>ONE</b> standard-sized (3ft x 3ft), square card table. Due to space constraints. <b>NO FULL SIZED TABLES, TENTS OR TEMPORARY WALLS ARE PERMITTED.</b>. Tables may be set up how the YAMS see fit.

4. Parents or guardians must be present and available for the duration of their stay. There will be no adult supervision provided by the festival or its partners. Children younger than 16 years of age are not to be left unattended.


Where do I go to take part in the Young Artists Market?

YAMs are allowed to enter 30 minutes prior to the festival opening Friday – Sunday. After you purchase a badge, you will enter through the 6th and Broad St. entrance into the Family Area. You will check in at the Young Artist Market information tent, located within the Family Area. After you receive your artist ribbon, you may set up. Young artists are not permitted to leave their wares overnight.

Is there power provided?

Electricity is not readily available in the YAM, please plan to bring battery operated devices should you need power. No generators are allowed in the Young Artist Market.

What should I bring?

Those selected should plan to bring Water, Sunscreen, cash/change for sales or methods of payment like Venmo, Square, Paypal, etc. and wear weather appropriate clothing.


All that sign-up and qualify get approved to participate. The Young Artist Market is managed by the Greater Augusta Arts Council staff and Nancy Johnson. For questions, please contact [email protected] or call 706-826-4702