Columbus Arts Festival Hosts Nationwide Children's Hospital's Wishing Tree Project
For immediate releaseMay 25, 2012
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable, June 1, 2 & 3, invites you to share your wishes of hope, healing, health and prosperity at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Wishing Tree Project at the festival.
Wishing Trees have become popular around the world. Families and communities come together to share their hopes for the future by writing and placing wishes on a tree. The Wishing Trees will be located at the intersection of Rich Street and Civic Center Drive in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital tent during Festival hours.
After the Festival, the Wishing Trees, along with several others 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.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s sibling care center, opening with the new hospital in June 2012, will feature a permanent Wishing Tree. Brothers and sisters of patients can express their feelings and share wishes and hopes for their hospitalized sibling and hang them on this very special tree. With more than one million patient visits expected at Nationwide Children’s within the first year of opening, the Wishing Tree will be a busy destination.
Nationally-acclaimed local poet, Maggie Smith, has written a poem in honor of the Wishing Tree that will be on display at the Festival and on permanent display at the hospital. Click here to listen to the author read her poem inspired by the project.
For more information or to submit a wish on-line: nationwidechildrens.org/grandopening.
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 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) 221-8531 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, Annie’s Fund for the Creative Arts, BP, Clear Channel Outdoor, Coca-Cola, Dine Originals, Glazer’s, Heineken, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Jose Cuervo, Live! Technologies, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Orange Barrel Media, OSU Urban Arts Space and The Westin. Media sponsors include Alive, Ohio 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.
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