FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2013
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Arts Festival will celebrate its 53rd year of bringing the best in fine art and fine craft to Columbus June 6, 7 & 8, 2014. Located along the Scioto Mile at the Downtown Riverfront, the Festival area encompasses Bicentennial Park and the Main and Rich Street bridges. Approximately 450,000 art and food lovers attend each year.
Columbus has some of the most talented spoken word artists in the country and the Columbus Arts Festival features the best of the best each year. Poets and authors chosen through an audition process will have an exciting opportunity to share their work at appointed times on Friday through Sunday of the festival in the Word is Art stage—a location dedicated to spoken word performance.
The online poetry application is now available at http://columbusartsfestival.org/application/poets/signup and covers the specifics of participation. Each applicant is required to submit two (2) poems with the application. A panel of judges will review the written work, from which they will select poets to audition.
Poetry application deadline is January 24, 2014 at 5 p.m. EST.
Applicants will be notified by February 28 as to whether they are chosen to audition. Poet auditions will be held on Saturday, March 15, at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave. Columbus, 43215.
Authors of published or non-published fiction or nonfiction are also eligible to read their work at the Festival’s Word is Art stage.
The online author application is now available at columbusartsfestival.org/application/authors/signup and covers the specifics of participation. To be considered, authors must submit a 300-word selection of work (a stand-alone piece or an excerpt). A panel of judges will review the written work, from which they will select authors to audition.
Author application deadline is January 24, 2014 at 5 p.m. EST.
Applicants will be notified by February 21 as to whether they are chosen to audition. Auditions for authors will be held on Saturday, March 8 from 12:30-6 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center, 139 W. Main St., Columbus, 43215.
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 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.
# # #