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550 East Remington Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
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Call for 2017 Hands on the Arts Festival Sponsors

The City of Sunnyvale Department of Library and Community Services welcomes both financial and in-kind sponsors to offset the City's costs. See Hands on the Arts sponsorship packet for more details. Now accepting sponsors for next year's Festival.


 Call for 2017 Hands on the Arts Festival Artists

The City of Sunnyvale Department of Library and Community Services is now accepting artist applications for this year's Festival. See Hands on the Arts Artist Application for more details. Deadline to apply is Friday, February 10, 2017.

2017 Hands on the Arts Festival Plans

The 2017 Hands on the Arts Festival, which will be the 32nd annual, will focus on supporting the City's STEM to STEAM initiative. A third of the workshops at the festival will integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics with art, as maker projects.

Date: May 20, 2017 (rain or shine)
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Sunnyvale Community Center
550 East Remington Dr.     
Sunnyvale CA 94087


Hands on the Arts is an all-day children's art festival, held annually the third Saturday in May. The event  features more than 30 workshop booths where children can try their hands at different art forms. Professional artists lead workshops using a wide variety of arts and craft materials and techniques, as well as music and dance. Many of the workshops introduce children to unique art forms from different cultures, such as Indian rangoli, Chinese silk knotting, Japanese brush painting and Mexican folklorico dancing. All supplies are included in the nominal per-child admission fee. (Adults and non-participating children are welcome at no charge.)

The festival’s outdoor stage features family-friendly entertainment all day and roving performers add to the festive atmosphere. There is also a small food court near the stage selling a variety of healthy, kid-friendly foods. Picnics are also welcome. Many families take a break during their day to enjoy lunch or a snack and watch the performances.



 2016 Hands on the Arts Sponsors


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