Downtown Burbank Arts Festival to Feature Disney Animators, Live Demonstrations, TEEN CTN, and More

More than 200 award-winning artists from around the country and 20,000 patrons will be congregating at the annual Downtown Burbank Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, 2018. The Downtown Burbank Arts Festival is free and open to the public.

Now in its 15th year, the Downtown Burbank Arts Festival uniquely blends groundbreaking digital and special effects animators with traditional handmade art forms for a one-of-a-kind street festival experience. The four-block show will unite art-for-sale with numerous participatory events such as a teen art challenge, book signings by Disney animators, a Doodle Run, and Sketch Fever drawing sessions at the Creative Talent Network (CTN) Road Trip, which is adding a majority of animators, visual effects, and video game artists to the festival (from ANGELENO Avenue to Orange Grove Avenue on San Fernando Boulevard).

"As the Animation Capital of the World and home to legendary entertainment companies, Burbank is an essential HUB for those interested in animation and meeting world-famous influential animators," stated Tina Price, founder of the Creative Talent Network and producer of the CTN Road Trip. "In that light, the Downtown Burbank Arts Festival offers an incomparable opportunity for professional animators to display their personal work, and for fans and the general public to meet them, receive personalized drawings, and purchase their creations."

Traditional handmade art forms will fill the remaining two blocks of the festival from Orange Grove Avenue to Magnolia Boulevard. This area, curated by West Coast Artists, will include surreal, fantasy, and retro-futuristic styles appealing to millennial audiences, with an emphasis on "green" artwork incorporating 'found' and repurposed materials in their work. Also to be discovered will be acrylic, collage, etchings, mixed-media, oils, pencil, watercolors, photography, decorative pottery, raku ware, sculpture in a variety of media such as bronze, blown glass, metal, stone and wood, weavings, and artisanal jewelry.

Art activities on these blocks will feature live music, chalk artists illustrating city sidewalks, a paint-your-own-scarf event, and the opportunity to explore Downtown Burbank's new street murals.



The theme of this year's CTN Road Trip at the Downtown Burbank Arts Festival is TEEN CTN, which includes an art challenge to "Illustrate Your Favorite Song," along with the opportunity to win an iPad (open to aspiring animators, illustrators, and media arts students aged 13 to 18.) Teens can submit their entries via Instagram using #TEENCTN2018, with winners to be announced on Saturday, April 14.

Prizes: All entries will receive a 6-month free CTN Prime Membership

1st Prize: iPad + $300 gift coupon to Mac Hollywood + 3-day Passport to the CTN animation eXpo 2018

2nd Prize: $100 gift coupon from Mac Hollywood + 3-day Exhibit Floor Plus to the CTN animation eXpo 2018

3rd Prize: $50 gift coupon from Mac Hollywood + 1-day Exhibit Floor Plus to the CTN animation eXpo 2018

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Walt Disney Animation artists and authors Benson Shum "Holly's Day at the Pool" and Andy Harkness "Bug Zoo" will be reading from their books at the CTN Road Tip on San Fernando Boulevard between ANGELENO Avenue and mid-block to Orange Grove.

Saturday, April 14

1:00pm - Benson Shum "Holly's Day at the Pool" Reading & Signing

3:00pm - Andy Harkness "Bug Zoo" Reading & Signing

Sunday, April 15

1:00pm - Andy Harkness "Bug Zoo" Reading & Signing

3:00pm - Benson Shum "Holly's Day at the Pool" Reading & Signing


Participants are invited to collect mini works of art by top animators and creating a doodle masterpiece! Special prizes will be offered, with the Doodle Map created by Blizzard Entertainment designer Chris DeBoda. Maps will be available at the CTN booth located between Olive Avenue and ANGELENO Avenue. Free.


For anyone interested in trying their hand at sketching models in costume, this is their chance! There will be two areas reserved for figure drawing and everyone is welcome. At the CTN Road Trip (on San Fernando Boulevard between ANGELENO Avenue and mid-block to Orange Grove.) Free.


CreateAlive will present an interactive paint-your-own-scarf event throughout the weekend, located on San Fernando Boulevard near Magnolia Boulevard. The public is invited to hand-paint their own designs on 100% SILK panels that can be used as scarves, table runners, and home decoration. A satisfying experience for all ages and abilities!


Experience art in action as professional chalk artists create masterpieces throughout the weekend in front of Burbank Town Center on Magnolia Boulevard.


Festival attendees are welcome to check out recently completed large-scale murals on streets and in Downtown businesses, taking pictures of their favorite murals and posting them using hashtag #DTNBUR.


Relax and enjoy the art crowd from the Beer Garden on the patio at Market City Caffe while enjoying a variety of beers from Verdugo West Brewing Co., brewed in Burbank. Choose from Wax Wing Blond Lager, Trustworthy IPA, Brass Jar Red Ale, and Gigil Rice Pilsner. $6 for a 12 oz. pour! Snacks and full menu available.

For further information on the CTN Road Trip, please visit

For more on the overall Downtown Burbank Arts Festival, please visit

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