Community Celebration of the Arts

Celebration of the Arts***Canceled due to threat of Hurricane Ian***
Saturday, Oct. 1  |  10 am-1 pm  |  
Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.


The Public Art Commission, Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources, and ARTS Wake Forest are partnering to host a special Community Celebration of the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center and Taylor Street Park, 416 N. Taylor St.

Open and free to the public, this family-friendly event will include food, music, and a variety of indoor and outdoor arts activities for children of all ages, including rock painting, chalk art, and “do it yourself” kits to assemble on-site or take home.

The occasion will also highlight the public art murals and sculptures installed throughout Wake Forest and included in the Virtual Public Art Tour available on the Town website and Town app

Throughout the event, food will be provided at no cost while supplies last, and a local DJ will be on site playing popular tunes for fun and dancing.

Art Activities

The Wake Forest Guild of Artists members Alissa Gaerte and Erin Day will present two art activities as part of the Celebration of the Arts.

Alissa Gaerte, a metal working artist, is the designer and creator of intricate jewelry through her company, Madeira Metalworks. Alissa specializes in custom metalwork projects and Mokume Gane design – a 17th century Japanese artform of patterning metals. Capitalizing on her dedication to nature, Alissa frequently adds in beautiful stones for a highly sought out result.

Along with the design and operation of her sales business, Alissa is founder of a non-profit organization named Mad Cab Reform. The goal of the program is to provide free workshops to all youth, but particularly marginalized groups, ages 5 – 18. This program encourages interest in arts while also teaching sciences and building self-confidence.

Under the Mad Cab Reform program, Alissa will offer three workshops. Each will be targeted to five children and every child that completes a workshop will leave with a beautiful piece of jewelry.

Workshop Times
  • 10 am - 5 children, ages 10–18, will create stamped pendants.
  • 11 am - 5 children, ages 5-9, will create wire wrapped stone pendants.
  • Noon - 5 children, ages 14-18 will generate a stamped and textured cuff bracelet.

Much appreciation to Alissa Gaerte and her Mad Cab Reform program for offering these free workshops.

Erin Day is a talented artist that works with many forms of art media, including oils, watercolor, pen and ink, pastels, fiber art, and more. Her lovely oil pastels are realistic in nature, but with warm, soft overtones. Erin has a long history as a teacher in many settings, including public schools and homeschooling.

Erin will be utilizing her years of experience in education to lead as many as 20 children an hour in an art project. With a nod to the great Vincent Van Gogh, kids will create sunflower collages based on Van Gogh’s famous sunflowers painting. Creating petals, painting flowers, and using construction paper and tissue paper, we expect kids to leave with a beautiful sunflower artwork that can grace their room or maybe even the family refrigerator!

Food Vendor

Our Celebration of the Arts food truck vendor will be Will and Pops.

Will and Pops is Modern comfort food with a twist.  Established in 2010, Will and Pops has stood the test of time, by using local ingredients and only freshly ground beef and baked breads.

They will be serving meals of burgers, grilled cheese, and hotdogs in limited supply.


Community Celebration of the Arts
Renaissance Centre Specialist