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New world Festival of the arts

Downtown Manteo's Largest Outdoor Art Show

About New World Festival of the Arts

The 40th New World Festival of the Arts was one of the best shows on record. After careful evaluation of the logistics and costs associated with an event of this size, Dare Arts has made the difficult decision to discontinue hosting the New World Festival of the Arts. Thank you for your years of support, participation, and creativity. We will be looking for vendors for Artrageous and Rock the Cape for 2023. Please click the links for more details on those events.


This is a family-oriented outdoor show, which takes place on the Manteo Waterfront during August of each year. New World Festival of the Arts has been a Manteo tradition for decades, providing awareness of current trends in the visual arts while acquainting visitors with the historic Town of Manteo. 

Originally started 1982 by Claire Grieves and Edward Greene, New World Festival of the Arts acquaints visitors and locals alike with the town of Manteo bringing an average of 3,000 attendees to the area each each year. NWFA is now in its 40th year of presenting a show of the region's finest artists in an outdoor, festival atmosphere.

L-R- NWFA judge Beth Burns, Honorable Mention award recipient David Yuan, Best In Show awa

Best In Show- Tyson Andrews from Wallace, NC (woodwork) 

Second Place- Barbara Umbel from Indian Harbour Beach, FL (jewelry)

Third Place-  Paul Shampine from Newtown, CT (mixed media)

Honorable Mentions- David Yuan from Virginia Beach, VA (oil paintings), Clara Moseley from Kill Devil Hills, NC (ceramics), Noah Snyder from Kitty Hawk, NC (fractal wood-burning and acrylic paint), and Amy Snowden and Anna Lee from Kill Devil Hills, NC (jewelry)

2022 NWFA Award Recipients

2022 Sponsors

​The festival is sponsored by the Town of Manteo.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.


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