55th Anniversary of the Columbus Arts Festival celebrates Community Collaborations and new Scioto Greenways
For immediate releaseApril 26, 2016
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Columbus Arts Festival, produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, is embracing the new Scioto Greenways and Columbus’ collaborative environment by launching new partnerships and presenting activities and entertainment on the newly accessible park spaces along the Scioto Mile.
“The Columbus Arts Festival is delighted to be the first festival to use the new Scioto Greenways,” said Tom Katzenmeyer, president and CEO of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. “From a partnership with Pelotonia promoting use of the new bike paths to access on-site secure bike parking, to entertainment throughout the weekend on Coleman’s Pointe on the east side of the river, to the Art Makes Columbus Activity Village at the river level of Genoa Park, our goal is to encourage people to explore the beautifully redeveloped riverfront while they enjoy the Arts Festival.”
The Festival will kick off its 55th Anniversary at 11 a.m. June 10 with an opening ceremony on Coleman’s Pointe, hosted by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, followed by an art and music processional down to Bicentennial Park.
The opening celebration will set the tone for a weekend filled with all the things people love about the Festival—more than 300 exhibiting artists from across the country and the world, performances on seven stages, delicious food, hands-on activities for kids and families, arts demonstrations and more. There will also be a number of new features including:
For the first time ever COSI will open their river doors for public access. Festival attendees can go directly from the Festival into COSI from the east side of the building to purchase admission to exhibition spaces and special programming. COSI also is adding free evening programming in the planetarium and Ohio-made short films in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater throughout the weekend, and will be hosting the final film of FFOCOL (Film Festival of Columbus), My Blind Brother, in the theater on Saturday night, June 11, 7-10:30 p.m.
The Festival is partnering with Pelotonia to provide secure bike parking, promote the new greenways as access to the Festival and, through a suggested donation, raise funds for Pelotonia’s efforts to fight cancer.
Together SWACO and the Arts Festival are making the Festival even more green! SWACO is providing support for a recycling management supervisor, Clear Stream Recycling Containers for better recycling collection and hauling services each day.
On June 11 and 12 the GROOVE U Music Career Program will host an Emerging Talent stage on Washington Blvd. near COSI that will highlight upcoming artists ages 14-26. The stage will provide GROOVE U students with experience in multiple areas of the music industry, including booking, stage management and live sound engineering. In addition to providing real-world experience to GROOVE U students, the Emerging Talent stage will provide a platform for new artists to showcase their talents on a much larger scale. Some of the bands performing include Time Out, Absolute Hero, Deceptive Weather and Artistry.
MORPC has coordinated their June Riverfest event in conjunction with the Festival along the Scioto River. Free canoeing and kayaking is available on Saturday, June 11 from noon to 4 p.m. For further information, see here.
For the fifth year the Festival continues its collaboration with local artist collectives in the Big Local Art Tent and demonstration area. Organizations such as 129 Studios, 400 West Rich Studios, Dublin Area Art League, Art Party Columbus, Beyond Origami, CapCity Creatives, Clintonville Arts Guild, Columbus Crafty Cotillion, Columbus Idea Foundry and Mother Artists at Work will sell work by members and artists in a variety of disciplines will demonstrate their art throughout the weekend.
The Festival is also partnering with Shadowbox Live to present Gallery of Echoes—The ColumbUS Public Art Project, an innovative meta-performance involving music, dance, theater and large-scale media projections, that will be presented on the ABC6 Main Stage Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 at 9 p.m.
FFOCOL (Film Festival of Columbus), has moved their annual festival to June 2-11. The majority of the screenings take place at the Gateway Film Center but the closing film, My Blind Brother, will take place at COSI Saturday night, June 11. Producer Tyler Davidson (an Ohio native) will be on hand to introduce the film.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 12 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 2016 Columbus Arts Festival is sponsored by American Electric Power, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Chobani, CoverMyMeds, COTA, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Huntington Bank, LBrands Foundation, Kroger, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, Owners.com, Pepsi, Safelite Autoglass, The Sheraton Columbus, Svedka, SWACO and Toyota. Media sponsors include WOSU Public Media, ABC6, Dispatch Media Group, 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, 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. GCAC thanks the city of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.
For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.