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Free Workshops 

Make Your Art for the WHEATON Arts Parade

September 9, 10, 16 & 17  10am - 4pm
at the Art Factory (next to the AMC Cinemas)
11006 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton, MD 20902
Be part of the parade magic and make something you can carry or wear, or help build a community float. Artists will be on hand - with the supplies you'll need - to help you make something simple in one day or something more elaborate over the course of five workshops. All ages are welcome. IT'S FREE!!!
Work with master puppeteer Elizabeth Dapo to create a simple HAND PUPPET or rod puppet you can walk in the parade!
to dance with a GIANT PUPPET on your back. Artists Laura-leigh Palmer and Cindy Renteria will help you make a life-size puppet you can wear. Make something new or help finish puppets already in the making and become part of the team that carries it in the parade. 
Learn to make the Peace Dove fly or how
Peijisan Art will teach you how to make 
Japanese ORIGAMI and help you join lots of them together into pieces you can wear or carry in the parade!
Be part of the celebration by helping to decorate a COMMUNITY FLOAT. Supplies will be provided. All you need to bring is your imagination.
One Montgomery Green is teaming up with the Wheaton Arts Parade to turn recycled materials into art. Drop off materials on Saturday, August 13 from 9am - Noon.



Thanks to a generous donation from the Greenhill Realty Co, grants of up to $500, each, for two or more artists will be awarded to help fund the creation of new works of art for the Wheaton Arts Parade.


  1. Artist must be over 18 years of age and reside in Montgomery County, MD. (Artists under 18 years of age may enter if sponsored by an adult.)

  2. Open to artists working in all media including, but not limited to: drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, fiber arts, photography, and set design.

  3. Artwork must be a new work of art and completed by September 7, 2017.

  4. Artwork must be pushed, pulled, or carried in the September 24, 2017 Wheaton Arts Parade.

  5. Artwork may be exhibited at Westfield Wheaton Mall for up to three months after the parade.

Selection Criteria:

  1. The scale of the artwork. It must be able to be appreciated from a distance along the parade route.

  2. The feasibility of the design, including plans for moving the artwork along the parade route.

  3. The cost of materials and labor.

  4. The celebratory spirit of the artwork.

Applications Closed July 7, 2017

Award Announcements July 14, 2017

Workshop Space Donated by Westfield Wheaton

Thanks to Westfield Wheaton, the Wheaton Arts Parade has a space to hold workshops, meetings, and to construct floats and art for the parade.

Second parade workshop held - Making Masks

On May 6, local artists, Laura-Leigh Palmer and Elizabeth Dapo, shared their expertise and guided participants through the steps of puppet and mask making.  This was the first Wheaton Arts Parade workshop held in the new space donated by Westfield Wheaton.

Wheaton Arts Parade holds its first workshops

On March 17 & 18, 2017, Paul Falcon led two workshops for artists and students preparing for the Wheaton Arts Parade. Paul provided practical guidance in projecting art to parade scale, in finding and using appropriate materials, and in moving art along the parade route. Techniques were presented for constructing art that can be worn such as larger than life costumes and masks, art that can be carried such as puppets and banners, and art that can be wheeled by individuals or groups such as floats of all sizes. Paul Falcon is the founder of Bella Faccia and has more than 35 years of experience in theatrical and television set design for such clients as The Kennedy Center, The Shakespeare Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, The Smithsonian, and The Discovery Channel.

Thanks to Einstein High School's Visual and Performing Arts Academy and to Westfield Wheaton for hosting the first two Wheaton Arts Parade workshops. The Wheaton Arts Parade will organize more free workshops in the coming months leading up to the September 24 parade.

Winning Design Selected in
Poster Competition.

December 21, Wheaton, MD. Garrett Goltz, a senior at Winston Churchill High School, was awarded the prize for the winning design in the Wheaton Arts Parade poster competition. The contest was open to students of all ages in Montgomery County. Goltz’s design was selected from among six finalists by the faculty at Albert Einstein High School, Visual and Performing Arts Academy. Goltz was awarded a prize of $200, donated by the Wheaton IHOP, owned and operated by William Moore. The design will be featured on parade posters, programs, banners and other marketing materials. The design captures the parade theme, "Parade the Triangle," and how the parade will bring Wheaton's diverse citizens, cultures, and commerce together to celebrate visual and performing arts. Wheaton is one of three Maryland Arts & Entertainment Districts in Montgomery County. The parade and arts festival will take place in Wheaton on September 24, 2017 and is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

Grant Awarded for Wheaton Arts Parade

On December 13, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County awarded a grant of $10,000 to support the Wheaton Arts Parade in 2017. Funds will be used for art supplies for parade artwork, public workshops leading up to the parade, community outreach, and equipment needed for the parade and arts festival. The grant will cover almost half of the estimated cost of the parade. The remaining funds will be raised in contributions from local businesses, individuals, and organizations. The parade and arts festival will be open to the public without charge to spectators and participants, except for a modest fee for those artists and organizations who want to have tents and tables where they can display and sell their work.
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