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TJ Spartan ArtFest

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For three decades, ArtFest has featured some of Denver’s greatest creative talents including fine artists, photographers, sculptors and jewelry makers as well as local artisans selling everything from decadent holiday treats and small-batch organic eats to homemade soaps and scents. Purchases of unique holiday gifts benefit teachers and students alike. ArtFest is a major fundraiser for the TJ community, providing funds for classroom grants.

This year’s ArtFest will be held on December 8, 2018 from 9am to 4pm. The event takes place in TJ’s beautifully transformed gym, with a used book sale, and the Kidzone adjacent to the gym where kids can be creative and have fun while their parents enjoy the leisure of holiday shopping without the mall madness. Attending ArtFest is a great way to kick off your holiday season! (Like the ArtFest page on Facebook and see photos from last year.)


 Information will be updated when available so check back frequently


Artisans, Makers & Vendors: There are still some openings for local artisans to participate. Booth fees are $110 for a single and $185 for a double.

Click here to access the vendor application!

We Need Your New & Gently Used Books:

Please donate new and gently used books, CDs, and DVDs for the ArtFest Book Sale. Items can be dropped off at Thomas Jefferson High School during school hours now through December 7. Or you may drop them on Carrie Oss’ home porch at 3614 S. Hudson St., Denver, 80237. NOTE: We especially appreciate books, CDs and DVDs that are designed for children. For questions, please call Lisa Marlin at 303-827-5732.

Volunteer at ArtFest

Please donate your time to help set up, welcome/direct folks, sell items at Book Sale or Spirit Store or tear down. This is a great way to meet new people in your community! Just click here to sign up. (Note: School Groups will receive a $10 per hour/volunteer donation for time supporting set up and tear down! Students should talk to their group/club sponsor to get signed up.)


Thank you to our community supporters!

Schedule of Events:

9am – 4pm:

Artisan, Maker & Vendor booths

Kidzone – sponsored and staffed by TJ’s National Honor Society students

Book Sale – new and gently used books for all ages

Student Art/Photography from TJ High School, Southmoor Elementary & Slavens K-8 School


11am – 1pm: Sam’s #3 Chili Lunch Fundraiser by TJ’s SkillsUSA chapter


2pm – 4pm: Visit with Santa in the Kidzone


Student Performances: 

11:00 a.m. – TJ Monticello Choir

1:00 p.m. – Slavens Band


Meet the Author Book Signings: Times are subject to change until night before ArtFest

9:00 – 11:00 – April Leo (picture book: Little Squirrel, Big Dreams)

9:00 – 11:00 – Lija Fisher (middle grade novel: The Cryptid Catcher)

9:00 – 4:00 – Lisa Brown Roberts (YA novel: Spies, Lies, and Allies)

10:00 – 12:00 – Kim Tomsic (middle grade novel: The 11:11 Wish)

10:00 -12:00 – Jenna Lincoln (YA sci-fi series: The Protector Project Series)

11:30 – 1:30 – Jolene Gutierrez (YA novel: Devil May Care)

11:30 – 1:30 – Cynthia Kuhn (adult mystery series: The Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Series)

1:00 – 3:00 – Jessie Hilb (YA novel: The Calculus of Change)

2:00 – 4:00 – Donna Schlacter (mysteries: No Accounting for Murder, There Was a Crooked Man, Unbalanced. Romance: The Pony Express Romance collection, Mail Order Brides collection, Bouquet of Brides collection, MISSAdventures Brides collection)

2:00 – 4:00 – Sunny Weber (middle grade novel: Dog at the Gate: How a Throw-Away Dog Becomes Special. Nonfiction: Beyond Flight or Fight: A Compassionate Guide for Working with Fearful Dogs, and City Dog Walking Safety & Etiquette)