National Arts Program



Friday, March 1, 2019 at 4 p.m.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202​

Join us for the 19th Annual National Arts Program Closing Reception and Awards Ceremony! Awards will be presented for each category: Adult Amateur, Adult Intermediate, Adult Professional, Teen, Youth (12 and under), Best of Show, Art Education Award, People's Choice and Honorable Mentions. 

The event features live music by guitarist Vincent Rivers, kids' activities by Namaste Artists and catering by Uptown Catering. Bring your family and friends! The event is free and open to the public.

​Schedule​ of events

​4 p.m.  - Check in

Browse the exhibit and enjoy music, food and kids' activities. As you're browsing, vote for your favorite piece to win the People's Choice Award!

6 p.m. - Keynote speaker 

​Watercolorist, photographer and writer Cotton Ketchie shares his artistic journey and offers inspiration and advice for anyone seeking to take their art to the next level.

6:30 p.m. - Awards ceremony

We'll give out first-, second- and third-place awards and Honorable Mentions for Adult Amateur, Adult Intermediate, Adult Professional, Youth and Teen categories. We'll also reveal  the Art Education and Best of Show winners. Our final award will be People's Choice, chosen by YOU!