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Columbus Arts Festival and Time Warner Cable Present Connect A Million Minds Day, Saturday, June 4

May 16, 2011

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable, June 3, 4 & 5 is partnering with Time Warner Cable to present Connect A Million Minds Day on Saturday, June 4 in the Hands On Activity area in the Columbus Museum of Art parking lot.

Activities will showcase the different aspects of art and science with the help of local arts organizations and artists who will explore the science behind art and the art behind science.

Connect A Million Minds Day will include:

Do you think you can dance? Dancers are artists but they are also athletes and it takes functional fitness, flexibility, balance, strength and extreme range of motion to succeed. Join BalletMet and The Ohio State University Sports Medicine Center’s Performing Arts Medicine Team as they present The Science of Movement. Come get tested in a fun and safe environment to see if you measure up.

Create an Art Apparatus! How do you look at art? The Columbus Museum of Art invites you to create a device for experiencing art in a new way. Materials will be provided to create an apparatus that allows you to see, hear, or maybe even smell art! When you are finished you will have a tool for exploring art’s amazing possibilities! Or win prizes by taking on the Art Challenge Scavenger Huntthrough the Museum’s art collection.

Interactive play with balloons will create a unique once in a lifetime experience. Join COSI in the Columbus Museum of Art lobby for the creation of a life size balloon constructed Dinosaur. Visit the Hands On activity area for a full schedule of balloon dinosaur demonstrations and activities.

Take an exciting adventure with CATCO and Phoenix Theatre to explore your knowledge of slope, coordinates, and stage directions. Your mission, should you decide to accept it: Join us as we explore the mystery of a stolen Escher Lithograph. With the help of Mrs. Peabody, a museum curator, we will venture to Mt. Machu Picchu where we will exercise acting skills and mathematical methods to restore the missing artwork to its rightful owner.

Throughout the weekend also enjoy Hands On Arts Activities in the Hands On area. Kids and parents can have fun together throwing a clay pot, sculpting paper, making party hats with recycled materials, designing and constructing wooden boats and more! All activities are for kids and adults.

Also Located in the Hands On Activity Area, don’t miss the Children’s Art Gallery Saturday and Sunday where children 12 and under can purchase original artwork donated by Festival artists for $5 or less. The Gallery is open at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Also be sure to check out the All Hands On Art area with art activities just for adults! Get your art on with several of Columbus’ independent artist collectives in a uniquely designed Art Carnival with games and creative activities to add some artsy fun to your Festival experience. All activities open to adults, Friday & Saturday, June 3 & 4, 6-10 p.m.

Festival Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4; 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 5. For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 224-2606 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 2011 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by Time Warner Cable. Additional sponsors to date are American Electric Power, State Auto, Belvedere Vodka, Bella Giardino Landscaping, Catering by Scott, Coca-Cola, Dine Originals, Fahlgren, Glazer’s, GRID Furnishings, Heineken, Live! Technologies, Orange Barrel, Oscar Mayer, Sherwin Williams, Target, The Westin and ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars. Media sponsors include AliveOhio Magazine, WBNS 10TV, WOSU, CD101@102.5FM, WCBE 90.5FM, WMNI/Classic Hits 103.9 FM.

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, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.