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COLUMBUS ARTS FESTIVAL OFFERS HANDS ON ART ACTIVITIES FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2012

Contact: Jami Goldstein
jgoldstein@gcac.org
(614) 221-8492

Columbus, Ohio – The Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable, June 1, 2 & 3 announces Hands On Arts Activities to take place during the event. Kids and parents can have fun together making glass beads, sculpting paper, constructing adventure journals with tradition bookmaking techniques; discover the science hidden in a rainbow of colorful inks and more! All activities are for kids and adults.

Activities for Friday, June 1-Sunday, June 3, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.:

Sculpt some paper. Local artist, Daniel Colvin, of Cobenick Studios will be on site to assist Festival-goers in sculpting paper flowers and tiles—and will demonstrate a paper-milling process.

Create a rainbow. Explore the science of chromatography with COSI where a blot of colorful ink on paper is just the beginning—who knows what it might turn into! COSI will have fun motorized “scribble” machines on site, too.

Design your own adventure journal. Create a blank book using paper, ink and traditional bookmaking techniques with the Ohio Craft Museum. Use as a journal, a sketch book, or a special place to write your own stories and poems!

Make a fluttering butterfly. Assemble a colorful butterfly with the Horizon Science Academy using tissue paper, markers, pipe cleaners and a clothespin. Use the final work of art as a paper clip or attach a magnet to the back and display it on the refrigerator!

Visit with animal friends. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be down with fun animal activities and friends from the zoo.

Make a glass bead. Watch as central Ohio’s best glass artists from Glass Axis demonstrate the finesse of glass bead making. Participants 12 and up can try their hand in making their own beads, while those under 12 can string together fun and whimsical stretchy bracelets.

Have fun with clay. Artist Adena Griffith will introduce you to the art of clay. Children will be able to learn how to create a clay structure on a pottery throwing wheel. Supplies donated by Columbus Clay Company.

Share your wish. Inspired by the worldwide tradition, Nationwide Children’s Hospital invites you to take part in the Columbus Wishing Tree Project. Share your wishes of hope, healing, health and prosperity at the Columbus Arts Festival.

The Wishing Trees from around the community will be on display at the hospital’s Community Celebration Day on Sunday June 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome with special activities planned for children and former patients.

Additional family-friendly music and performing arts programming will take place on the Community Stage throughout the weekend, located at Rich St. and Washington Blvd.

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.

After creating your very own masterpiece, go see your favorite characters from Johnny Appleseedperformed for children by young actors from all over central Ohio near the southwest corner ofBicentennial Park on Main St. Performance times are Saturday, 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Festival Hours: Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To volunteer for these and other activities at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go towww.columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.php.

For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 224-2606 or visitwww.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 2012 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by Time Warner Cable. Additional sponsors to date are American Electric Power, BP, Clear Channel Outdoor, Coca-Cola, Dine Originals, Glazer’s, Heineken, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Live! Technologies, Orange Barrel Media, OSU Urban Arts Space and The Westin. Media sponsors include AliveOhio Magazine, WBNS 10TV, WOSU, CD102.5, 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.