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Columbus Arts Festival Brings Art, Music, Dance, Poetry and More to the Columbus Riverfront June 6, 7 & 8, 2014

January 27, 2014

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

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 Columbus Arts Festival has been consistently ranked over the years among the best arts festivals in the nation. In 2013 the Festival was honored with accolades in Sunshine Artist magazine’s Top 100 Fine Arts Fairs, ArtFairr Calendar’s Best Art Fairs of 2013 and Art Fair Sourcebook’s ELITE 25 Fine Art Fairs.

The overall ambiance of the festival is amplified by the beautiful Columbus downtown riverfront, known as the Scioto Mile, BicentennialPark and two new bridges at Main and Rich Streets. The newly revitalized SciotoMilePark 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 has brought in record crowds and drawn praise festival goers of all ages.

“The Columbus Arts Festival has settled into our forever home on the Columbus Riverfront and Scioto Mile. This year we’re excited to be adding new activities to offer more interactive opportunities for festival goers of all ages,” said Scott Huntley, director of the Columbus Arts Festival.

Following are some of the exciting programs happening at the 2014 Columbus Arts Festival:

Three Entertainment Stages
In addition to the ColumbusArts.com Main Stage at Bicentennial Park, which features some of Columbus’ top musicians, the 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.

Big Local Arts Tent
Local artists and artist collectives like Creative Arts of Women, Ohio Art League, Estsy Team Columbus, 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.

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, some of the best of the Columbus International Film + Video Festival—the longest running independent film festival in North America—will be showcased in a 50-seat theatre tent.  The Festival will also partner with Gateway Film Center and WOSU Public Media’s Broad & High to showcase local filmmakers and local arts television programming.

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 will create the breathtaking lifesize structures that will be displayed throughout the Festival site for the duration of the weekend. After the Festival all the food will be donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

New! – 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.

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.

Friends of the Festival Package
The Friends of the Festival Lounge is located in the CulturalArtsCenter 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 are 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
In 2014 the Festival will continue its’ focus on environmental impact. 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.

Meet the Art Shark!
Everyone’s favorite Festival mascot, the Art Shark, will be back again this year to mingle with fellow art fans!  Kids of all ages can meet the Art Shark during special appearances onsite throughout the Festival weekend.

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

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