Arizona Fine Arts
from March 16, 2018 9:30 am     .     March 17, 2018 3:30 pm

Mark your calendars for the most creative weekend of the year, Arizona Fine Arts 2018 on March 16-17th at Desert Springs Church! Early-bird Registration & Fees are due postmarked by 2/23/18.  All Writing Entries need to be submitted at that time.  All Artwork is due at check-in on 3/16/18. No Registration will be accepted after 3/16/18.


What is Fine Arts? 

Fine Arts Festival is a discipleship tool of AG Youth Ministries designed to help students discover, develop and deploy their ministry gifts.

Beginning in September each year, over 65,000 junior and senior high school students begin preparing their entries for the district and National Fine Arts Festivals. Students may enter as many as 66 categories offered in 9 main divisions: Art, Communication, Dance, Drama, Enterprise, Exhibition, Instrumental, Vocal, and Writing. 

We will begin the weekend with an orientation and presentations starting on Friday morning and a special Friday night service with Zion Rempel and music by our very own AZ Worship Artists. This event will conclude with the awards and special presentations at the Celebration Service on Saturday afternoon. 

National Fine Arts is in Houston in 2018, and we are wanting to send a great representation of Arizona students. You won't want to miss all the fun that starts on Friday, so mark your calendars now, and help us get the word out by promoting Fine Arts in your services, personally inviting students, and posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #azfinearts. Non-participants are welcome to come show their support for a $3 entry fee.

Friday, March 16

9:00a - Volunteer Meeting

9:30a - Check-in / Registration

9:30a - Evaluator Orientation

10:00a - Student Orientation

10:30a - FAF Begins      

12:30p - Lunch (on your own) 

2:00p - FAF Resumes  

5:00p - Dinner (on your own)

6:30p - Doors Open                    

7:00p - Evening Service w/ Zion Rempel 

9:00p - Dismiss

Saturday, March 17

9:00a - FAF Resumes

12:00a - Lunch (on your own)

1:45p - Doors Open

2:00p - Celebration Service (Awards)

3:30p - Dismiss                    

Desert Springs Church
19620 S McQueen Rd, Chandler, AZ 85286

Mail all Registration Forms and Payment to AZYM - 2601 E Thomas Rd Ste 210 - Phoenix, AZ  85016.  Early-bird Registration & Fees are due postmarked by 2/23/18.  All Writing Entries need to be submitted at that time.  All Artwork is due at check-in on 3/16/18. No Registration will be accepted after 3/16/18.
$30 registration & 1st category
$10 each add. categories
(price increases $10 after 2/23/18)
$3 entry fee for non-participants

Download Exemption Letter to Parent
Download Exemption Letter to School Official


The official rulebook for the National Fine Arts Festival (NFAF) is here. Check below for the 2018 NFAF rulebook and other resources to help better understand NFAF rules and criteria.

NEW FOR 2018

1. The Location for the 2018 National Fine Arts Festival is Houston, TX Dates: July 30 - August 3, 2018
Location: George R. Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida De Las Americas

Houston, TX 77010 Website: http://www.grbhouston.com/

Housing: Please visit www.houston18.ag.org

Registration and Deadlines: the postmark/fax deadline is May 18, 2018. Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. (CDT) on June 1, 2018. Visit www.houston18.ag.org. See pages 12 through 14 for complete detailed information.

2. The following categories have had rule changes:

• Songwriting - rules regarding accompaniment and lyric sheets
• Songwriting, Modern Hymn - rules regarding accompaniment and lyric sheets • Art - rules regarding framing
• Dance - rules regarding apparel and presentation time limits
• Writing and Film Categories - delivery instructions have changed
• Flash Fiction - new word count rule
• American Sign Language categories - new presentation rules

3. Submission guidelines have been changed for writing and lm categories. We no longer use a pre-festival upload system.

All writing and lm entries for the NFAF must be hand-delivered to the Art/Film/Writing check-in booth by the student or a representative of the student following the completion of on-site check in on Monday, July 30, 2018, between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. For more information on the number of entries for each category please see the individual category rules.

4. There has been a name change to First Person Essay. It is now called Creative Fiction/Memoir.

5. We now have a NEW division in the Fine Arts Festival: The Enterprise Division with one new category entitled "Business Plan." Please see the rules for this new division and category starting on page 56 and the accompanying links to templates which can be used for this new category.

6. The following is a new rule implemented in 2017 that applies to every category that includes music in the presentation. Students must follow this rule if their presentation includes music. This new rule reads: 
Before beginning the presentation, participants must introduce their music selection(s) by stating the title(s), name of the artist/composer, and arranger  (if known). If the piece was composed or arranged by the student, that should be stated. Introductory comments DO NOT count toward the setup or  presentation time limits. These comments must be minimal (not an opportunity for other comments like a testimonial or any justification for choosing the  song(s), 15 to 20 seconds is sufficient). Please follow this example: "Hello, my name is (or) our group name is ________ and I/we have chosen to use  "Here as in Heaven" by Elevation Worship (and song #2, and song #3) for our presentation."