FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2014
Contact: Jami Goldstein
Columbus, Ohio – The Columbus Arts Festival produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council celebrates its 53rd year of bringing the best in fine art and fine craft to Columbus, June 6, 7 & 8, 2014. The Columbus Arts Festival has been rated by AmericanStyle and Sunshine Artist magazines as one of the top festivals in the nation and each year hosts hundreds of juried artists from across the United States, as well as several international artists. Music, poetry and community performance stages, hands-on arts activities, exhibitions of local student artwork and local artist collectives and a wide selection of quality food and beverages round out Columbus’ favorite outdoor summer event.
The overall ambiance of the festival is amplified by the beautiful Columbus downtown riverfront, Bicentennial Park, and the Scioto Mile, which runs along the river and features lush green spaces, a charming promenade and mesmerizing water features along with plazas, paths and bikeways.
This year, the Columbus Arts Festival has expanded its presentation of arts experiences that will feature some of Columbus’ great talent in film, dance, design and more.
New! – The Art of Film
For the first time, the art of film will be featured at the Columbus Arts Festival! In partnership with the Columbus Film Council, Gateway Film Center and WOSU Public Media, some of the best of the Columbus International Film + Video Festival—the longest running independent film festival in North America—and local filmmakers and local arts and cultural television programming will be showcased in a 50-seat theatre tent.
New! – Canstruction
For the first time, the Columbus Arts Festival is partnering with Canstruction, a unique charity which hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. Local teams of designers from DesignGroup architects, Gilbane Inc., Schooley Caldwell Associates, King Business Interiors and Corna Kokosing will create the breathtaking lifesize structures that will be displayed on the festival grounds. After the Festival all the cans of food, generously donated by Kroger, will be donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. According to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, the donation, approximately 50,000 can, will provide only a half day of hunger relief for the families they serve.
New! – Piada Italian Street Painting
Also new this year at the Festival is Italian Street Painting, an engaging art form featuring reproductions and adaptations of famous paintings and unique original work done in chalk on pavement by local artists. Watch artists live as they transform the blank canvas at Washington St., north of Rich St. Bridge, into an enchanting patchwork of brilliant color! The artists will compete for $1,500 worth of prize money. Generously sponsored by Piada Italian Street Food. Participating artists include: Katie Arbaugh, Cassandra and Lindsay Blusiewicz, Grace Cooper, Tamara Criner, Adam Crum, Bastidas FineARTs, Hilary Frambes, Chris Fry, Lea Gray, Lori Hughes, O’Linda Jansupka, Todd Mason, Candice Oates, Tristan Seeger and Jan Solari.
New! – Dance Stage
This year’s festival will feature a stage dedicated to dance performances. Performances rooted in folk traditions from groups such as Columbus Celtic Dancers and Thoissane West African Dance Institute, to modern hip hop of TRANSIT ARTS and performances by the Columbus Youth Ballet, festival audiences will enjoy some of the best dance troupes in the city.
The Festival Web site at www.columbusartsfestival.org is optimized for mobile and smartphone viewing.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to www.columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.php.
For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8531 or visit www.columbusartsfestival.org for a complete list of artists, entertainers, stage schedules, interactive arts activities and more. The Festival website is optimized for mobile and Smartphone viewing.
The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
The 2014 Columbus Arts Festival is sponsored by American Electric Power, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Hollywood Casino, Blue Moon Brewery Co., Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Limited Brands Foundation, Piada Italian Street Food, Pepsi, Birds Eye, Live! Technologies, Sugardaddy’s and The Westin Columbus. Media sponsors include WOSU Public Media, ABC6, The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Monthly, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel, CD102.5, Mix 107.9, Time Warner Cable and WCBE 90.5.
About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.
For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.
# # #