54th Annual Columbus Arts Festival Brings Art, Music and More to the Riverfront June 12, 13 & 14, 2015
For immediate releaseJanuary 27, 2015
Contact: Jami Goldstein
Columbus, Ohio – The Columbus Arts Festival, produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council), celebrates its 54th year of bringing the best in fine art and fine craft to Columbus, June 12, 13 & 14, 2015. The Columbus Arts 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. Music, spoken word, dance, theatre, jazz and blues, and acoustic stages, hands-on arts activities, exhibitions of local student artwork and local artist collectives and a wide selection of quality food and beverages round out Columbus’ favorite outdoor summer event.
The Columbus Arts Festival has been consistently ranked over the years among the best arts festivals in the nation. In recent years, the Festival has been honored with accolades in Sunshine Artist magazine’s Top 100 Fine Arts Fairs, Art Fair Calendar’s Best Art Fairs of 2013 and Art Fair Sourcebook’s ELITE 25 Fine Art Fairs.
The overall ambiance of the festival is amplified by the beautiful Columbus downtown riverfront, known as the Scioto Mile, Bicentennial Park and two new bridges at Main and Rich Streets. The newly revitalized Scioto Mile Park along the river features lush green spaces, a charming promenade 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.
“The Columbus Arts Festival continues to expand and offer more of the arts for Columbus to experience and enjoy,” said Scott Huntley, director of the Columbus Arts Festival. “This year we’re excited to be adding a theatre stage, a jazz and blues club and acoustic stage experience, and every entertainment venue at the Festival will now have a place where you can sit, enjoy food and beverage and experience the arts.”
Following are some of the exciting programs happening at the 2015 Columbus Arts Festival:
New Entertainment Stages
In addition to the ABC6 Main Stage at Bicentennial Park, which features some of Columbus’ top musicians, there will be new venues such as the Jazz and Blues Club and the Acoustic Lounge for music. Also new to the 2015 Festival will be a Theatre Stage. For the second year in a row, there will be a Dance Stage which will feature dance performances. The Ohio Magazine Word is Art Stage will also return with spoken word performances and story-telling.
Big Local Arts Tent
Local artists and artist collectives like Creative Arts of Women, Ohio Art League, Etsy Team Columbus, Wild Goose Creative, Columbus Idea Foundry and more have joined together to present a make and take and demonstration area at the Festival. Come meet some of Columbus’ most creative artists and learn more about art making.
The Art of Film
For the second year in a row, the art of film will be featured at the Columbus Arts Festival. In partnership with Film Columbus and the Columbus Film Council, some of the best local and national film festival offerings will be showcased in a 50-seat theatre tent. The Festival will also partner with Gateway Film Center and WOSU Public Media’s Broad & High to showcase local filmmakers and local arts television programming.
For the second year in a row, the Columbus Arts Festival is partnering with Canstruction, a unique charity design competition that benefits the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Local teams of designers will create breathtaking life-size structures on-site to be displayed throughout the weekend. All cans used in construction will be donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank after the Festival.
Piada Italian Street Painting
New to last year’s Festival, and returning again this year, is Piada Italian Street Painting, an engaging art form featuring reproductions and adaptations of famous paintings and unique original work done in chalk on pavement by local artists.
The Emerging Artist Program, started in 2011, was designed to help promote Central Ohio artists who are new to presenting their work at festivals. Artists from Central Ohio will be selected by the Festival jurors and in addition to a lower booth fee they will also receive assistance from Festival staff on how to best present their work to the public.
Friends of the Festival 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 to Friends of the Festival.
Friends of the Festival packages will be sold prior to and during the festival. Passes are good for the entire weekend. To find out how to become a Friend of the Festival visit the Festival Web site at www.columbusartsfestival.org/friends-of-the-festival.
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.
The Festival website is www.columbusartsfestival.org and it is optimized for mobile and Smartphone viewing.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 14 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 2015 Columbus Arts Festival is sponsored by American Electric Power, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Huntington Bank, LBrands Foundation, Piada Italian Street Food, Worthington Industries, Mayco & Buckeye Ceramic Supply, The Sheraton Columbus, Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Columbus Downtown, Blue Moon Brewery Co., Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Pepsi and Kroger. Media sponsors include WOSU Public Media, ABC6, Columbus Monthly, The Columbus Dispatch, 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, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.
For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.
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