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Columbus Arts Festival News

58th Annual Columbus Arts Festival presented by American Electric Power Brings Art, Music & More to the Riverfront, June 7-9

February 7, 2019

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Arts Festival, presented by American Electric Power and produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council), celebrates its 58th year of bringing the best in fine art and fine craft to Columbus on June 7, 8 and 9, 2019.

The 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. Performance stages featuring music, dance, theater and spoken word can be found throughout the festival, and hands-on arts activities, work by 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 enhanced by the beautiful Columbus downtown riverfront. Known as the Scioto Mile, the waterfront includes Bicentennial Park, two bridges on Main and Rich Streets, lush green spaces and walkways, and mesmerizing water features along with plazas, paths and bikeways. The Festival’s home on the riverfront has brought in record crowds and drawn praise from festival-goers of all ages.

“We’re excited to continue growing the Columbus Arts Festival as a destination for arts lovers of all ages,” said Sean Kessler, director of the Arts Festival. “We’ve invited nearly 275 artists this year, and between their amazing work, live music, dance and theater performances, hands-on activities and delicious food and drink, we know this will be a memorable weekend for everyone.”

Following are some of the exciting programs happening at the 2019 Columbus Arts Festival:

Five Entertainment Stages
In addition to featuring local and regional musicians on the Bicentennial Park Stage and the Big Local Music Stage, there is the Acoustic Lounge, a dance and theater stage at Genoa Park and the Ohio Magazine Word is Art Stage for spoken word performances including poetry and storytelling. The festival is excited to welcome BalletMet on Friday evening, June 7, on the Bicentennial Park Stage. Other major acts will be announced soon.

Big Local Art Tent
Columbus artists and artist collectives join together to present work for sale and a make-and-take and demonstration area at the Festival. Come meet some of Columbus’ most creative artists and learn more about art-making.

Emerging Artists
Started in 2011, the Emerging Artist Program was designed to promote central Ohio artists who are new to presenting their work at festivals. Artists from central Ohio are selected by the Festival jurors and in addition to a lower booth fee, they receive assistance from Festival staff and volunteers on how to best present and market their work to the public.

Patron Party presented by The Ohio State University
A long-time favorite of the Columbus community, the Friday night Patron Party that kicks of the Festival is open to the public for the second year. Entertainment, food and beverage is included in the ticket price of $50/person. Ticket sales support the $21,000 worth of awards presented to exhibiting artists each year. To purchase tickets go to: columbusartsfestival.org/patron-party/

Friends of the Festival VIP Package
The Friends of the Festival Lounge is located in the Cultural Arts Center for Festival supporters and sponsors to come and relax. Comfortable seating, free water and snacks, a private cash bar, VIP restrooms and other amenities are provided.

Friends of the Festival packages will be sold prior to and during the Festival. Passes are valid the entire weekend. To find out how to become a Friend of the Festival, visit the Festival web site at columbusartsfestival.org/fof.

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.

Festival Hours: Friday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 8 p.m.; artists have the option to stay open later.)

To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.

For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8625 or visit columbusartsfestival.org.

The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

The 2019 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors and partners include Bank of America, Battelle, Best Buy, Blue Moon, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, COTA, CoverMyMeds, Duke’s Mayonnaise, Easton, G&J Pepsi Cola, Graeter’s, Grange, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IGS Energy, Jose Cuervo, L Brands Foundation, LAZ Parking, Legoland, MORPC, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, PNC, Reed Arts, Schoedinger, Smart Columbus, Three Olives Vodka, Toyota, Vintage Wine Distributors, Westin Columbus, White Castle, Whole World Lemonade and Worthington Industries. Media sponsors include ABC6/Fox28, CD102.5, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Mix 107.9, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RBX Media, RSVP, WCBE 90.5 and WOSU Public Media.

Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus. www.gcac.org

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