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Columbus Arts Festival News

There’s So Much To Do at the Columbus Arts Festival

May 10, 2017

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

COLUMBUS, Ohio — With nearly 300 exhibiting artists at the Columbus Arts Festival powered by American Electric Power, there is certainly plenty to see June 9-11 on the riverfront, but there is also plenty to do at the Festival, which offers interactive opportunities for people of all ages and skill-sets to create, observe, celebrate and learn.

Sign Your Art is Back!
After a year hiatus, this beloved community project returns to the Arts Festival. Festival guests are invited to create works of art on 6” x 8” tiles in a tent next to the Cultural Arts Center on South Second Street. Approximately 300 of the community made tiles will be chosen to be part of a citywide art installation later this summer. Sign Your Art was a popular event at the 2015 Arts Festival and the resulting installation has been included in the international Google Cultural Institute Street Art project. Learn more at columbusmakesart.com/sign-your-art.

Hands On Art Activities
Always a popular attraction, the Festival’s Hands On activity area in the Art Makes Columbus Activity Village presented by Huntington (located on the west side of the river in front of COSI) has even more going on this year. Staffed by volunteers from 20 local organizations from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, activities range from screen printing T-shirts, designing video games, creating costumes, learning musical instruments and more. Almost all activities are free and open to kids and adults. With representatives on hand from organizations like Glass Axis, Art Garden Studios, Flutterby Ceramics and Columbus Crew SC, there are activities to fit a wide range of interests and ages.

Big Local Art Tent
Located on Washington Boulevard in front of COSI, the Big Local Art Tent presented by Kroger is where creative groups from all over the city come together to build a place for people to experience and purchase local art—the Big Local Arts Tent! The sixth anniversary of Big Local Arts this year will showcase brilliant art in all mediums from independent artists and demonstrators. More than 60 artists from collectives across the city will showcase their art while friendly and talented demonstrators show you just how it’s done (and maybe giving you a chance to try!). Don’t miss your chance to take home a work of art from some of the amazingly talented creative’s living and working right here in Columbus.

Children’s Gallery
Kids play art collector in the Children’s Gallery with support from Puffin Foundation West. On Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. children ages 12 and younger are invited to experience the unique kid-sized gallery—located near the Art Makes Columbus Activities Village—with artwork donated by exhibiting artists. Each piece is priced at $5 and under.

Meet the Art Shark
Always on the move, the beloved mascot of the Columbus Arts Festival can be found on both sides of the river. Festival goers can say hello and take a selfie with Arthur S. Hark, who can be found swimming around the Art Makes Columbus Activity Village or at the Bicentennial Park fountain.

Get Framed at the Arts Fest
The Art Shark isn’t the only fun photo opp. Festival guests can place themselves in the giant picture frame just north of the intersection of the Rich Street bridge and Washington Boulevard for a perfectly framed photo with the city’s beautiful skyline as a back drop.

Arts Festival 5K
The second-annual Arts Festival 5K presented by covermymeds starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 10. Runners can enjoy a flat, fast downtown course that includes running across our stunning bridges. All participants who cross the finish line will receive a beautiful, three-inch medal with a fabulously colorful ribbon. More information and registration is available at artsfest5k.com. Registrations are accepted now online and on-site the day of the race.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)’s Riverfest returns to the festival with a new free canoe and kayak launch point on the festival grounds near the Bicentennial Park stage. Riverfest will take place Saturday, June 10 from noon – 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 11 from noon–4 p.m. Advance reservations can be made at www.morpc.org/riverfest.

Festival Hours: Friday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 9 p.m.)

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 2017 Columbus Arts Festival is powered by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors include AT&T, Blue Moon, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Columbus Recreation & Parks, Columbus State Community College, COTA, CoverMyMeds, DLZ, G&J Pepsi-Cola, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Grange Insurance, Hopper Cart, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IKEA, Kroger, LAZ Parking, LBrands Foundation, Nationwide, Oakland Nursery, The Ohio State University, PNC, Safelite, Svedka, Toyota, Vintage Wine, The Westin Columbus and White Castle. Media sponsors include ABC6/WSYX and FOX28, CD102.5, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RBX, RSVP, WCBE 90.5 and WOSU Public Media.

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, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council thanks the City of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. www.gcac.org

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