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2023 Art in the Pass Scheduled for

April 1 and 2, 2023.

The 25th annual Art in the Pass returns to scenic Memorial Park, overlooking the beach and gulf waters, in Pass Christian, Mississippi, April 1 and 2, 2023. Our vetted fine arts festival attracts about 100 artists from 10 states and approximately 10,000 visitors from Pensacola to Baton Rouge.  We are known for our Southern hospitality, beautiful location, amazing art, great food and incredible live entertainment.

In addition, the Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival is held concurrently each year, this year with an added science component.

Funds raised directly benefit our Gulf Coast communities.  Due to your generosity last year, we were able to increase to four our scholarships for rising high school seniors who are pursuing art education. Plus we made significant grants for art supplies to 11 area high schools, the Pass Christian School District and the Pass Christian Boys and Girls Club. This year, with the invaluable help of our sponsors, we will provide $27,000 in scholarships, grants and awards.

The Silent Auction

The Silent Auction features original artwork from artists participating in the Festival. Each artist will contribute an item to our Silent Auction, which is open until 4:30 Sunday April 2.  If you win the item, you may pick up your item, Sunday until 5:30 at Memorial Park and the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 9-noon at the Randolph Center


Live Music

Throughout the Festival we will have live music from some great local groups.

Food Vendors

During the Festival, food vendors will have an assortment of food items available for sale.

Applications and Health Department information are now available for Food Vendors:

Food Vendor application

Festival Activities

CelebratetheGulfThe annual Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival is held concurrently with Art in the Pass and is a free, fun, family-friendly event held on Saturday, April 3, 2022, from 10am to 3pm, adjacent to the park’s playground. Celebrate the Gulf will offer lively hands-on activities addressing marine and estuarine environmental issues, and recreational and commercial uses associated with the Gulf of Mexico.

ChildrensTentArt in the Pass will be filled with special events. Applicants for the Art in the Pass Scholarships will display their art in the scholarship competition. In addition on Sunday, there will be art activities for children as well as the high school art contest.

Student Art Show: The 10th annual Art in the Pass Student Art Show will be held on Sunday. Students from area high schools will show their works and compete for cash awards and ribbons. Instructions are mailed to area art teachers in January.

Thank You for Your Support:

All of the volunteers who work at Art in the Pass and to the City of Pass Christian: Parks & Recreation Dept., Police Dept., Public Works Dept., and Fire Dept.

2023 Board Members

Avery Beck (MS Department of Marine Resources)
Jen Cumbest (MS Department of Marine Resources)
Donna Boue

Claire Bosch
FJ Cutting
Robert Cutting
Richard Douglass
Sandra Douglass
Anita Giani (Pass Christian Main Street)
Calvin Ishee
Sandra Lobrano
Marie Lamb
Fay Mathison
Charla Pryor
Susan Putnam (City of Pass Christian)
Wilma Rizzardi
Betty Sparkman (Chair)

Past Event Chairs

2015, 2016, 2017 FJ Cutting
2013, 2014 Anita Giani
2011, 2012 Jerald Williams
2008, 2009, 2010 Julie & Richard O’Briant
2004, 2005, 2007 Virgil & Margaret Harris
2004, 2005 Virgil & Gretchen Harris
2003 Kathie Short
2002 Betsy Burgess & Margaret Harris
2001 Terry Scott
1999-2000 Helen St Paul
1995-1998 Malee Hearin


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