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Columbus Arts Festival Brings Art, Music, Dance, Poetry and More to the Columbus Riverfront June 7, 8 & 9, 2013

January 18, 2013

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

January 18, 2013

Columbus, Ohio – The Columbus Arts Festival, presented by Time Warner Cable and produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council celebrates its 52nd year of bringing the best in fine art and fine craft to Columbus, June 7, 8 & 9, 2013. 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 a few international artists. Music, poetry and community performance stages, hands-on arts activities, exhibitions of local student artwork and local artist collectives and a widened 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, known as the Scioto Mile, Bicentennial Park and the two new bridges at Main and Rich Streets. The newly revitalized Scioto Mile Park along the river features lush green spaces, a charming promenade and mesmerizing water features along with plazas, paths and bikeways. The Festival’s return to the Riverfront in 2012 brought in record crowds and drew praise festival goers of all ages.

“We are very excited for our second year back at Columbus’ Riverfront. This beautifully renovated area is a phenomenal venue for the Festival and we are looking forward to drawing even bigger crowds in 2013,” said Scott Huntley, director of the Columbus Arts Festival.

Following are some of the exciting initiatives happening at the 2013 Columbus Arts Festival:

Emerging Artists

The Emerging Artist Program program, started in 2011, is designed to help promote Central Ohio artists who are new to presenting their work at festivals. Artists from Central Ohio will be selected by the Festival jurors and in addition to a lower booth fee they will also receive assistance from Festival staff on how to best present their work to the public.

Dine Originals at the Festival

In partnership with Dine Originals, this cuisine area will showcase local restaurants and their delicious gourmet fare at the Festival. Dine Originals will feature special menus developed by local restaurants.

Big Local Arts Tent

Local artists and artist collectives like Junctionview, Creative Arts of Women, Wild Goose Creative, Idea Foundry and more have joined together to present an make and take and demonstration area at the Festival. Come meet some of Columbus’ most creative artists and learn more about art making.

Three Entertainment Stages

In addition to the ColumbusArts.com Main Stage at  Bicentennial Park, which features some of Columbus’ top musicians, the FlyColumbus.com Community Stage will highlight multiple art forms including dance, theatre and music. The Ohio Magazine Word is Art Stage is back with spoken word performances, storytelling and a poetry slam on Saturday night.

Friends of the Festival Package

The Friends of the Festival Lounge will be located in the Cultural Arts Center for Festival supporters, artists and sponsors to come and relax. A Festival souvenir t-shirt or towel, comfortable seating, free water and snacks, a private cash bar, VIP restrooms other amenities will be provided to Friends of the Festival.

Friends of the Festival packages will be sold prior to and during the festival. Passes are good for the entire weekend. To find out how to become a Friend of the Festival visit the Festival Web site at www.columbusartsfestival.org/friends-of-the-festival.

Environmental Programs

The 2013 Festival will have an expanded focus on our impact on the environment. Special programs will be implemented to reduce trash headed for the landfill and to increase our recycling of plastic, paper, and pre consumer food waste. Additionally, the festival plans to power the Bicentennial Stage with a solar and wind power generator.

The Festival Web site at www.columbusartsfestival.org is optimized for mobile and smartphone viewing.

Festival Hours:  Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 9 from 11:00 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 Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

The 2013 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by Time Warner Cable. Additional sponsors to date are Adept Marketing, American Electric Power Foundation, Bic, Blue Moon, Clear Channel, Coca-Cola, Dine Originals, FlyColumbus.com, Glazer’s, Hollywood Casino, Huntington, Jeni’s Ice Cream, La-Z-Boy, Live! Technologies, Orange Barrel Media, Sugardaddy’s and The Westin Columbus. Media sponsors include Alive, Ohio Magazine, WBNS 10TV, WOSU Public Media, CD102.5, WCBE 90.5, Mix 107.9 & Rewind 103.5/104.3.


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. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.