Don't Want to Hassle with Parking? COTA Makes Getting to the Columbus Arts Festival Easy
For immediate releaseMay 29, 2012
Contact: Jami Goldstein
Columbus, Ohio – Don’t want to drive to the Columbus Arts Festival? It’s easy to get there by bus with 15 routes available through the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA).
Celebrating our move back home to the Downtown Riverfront, the 2012 Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable, June 1, 2, and 3, will feature fine art and fine craft from more than 230 juried local and national artists, along with continuous live entertainment, gourmet food and hands-on art activities for all ages. Each year, approximately 300,000 people attend the Festival, which has become the city’s welcome to summer event.
In addition to providing transportation to residents in the Central Ohio area, COTA is also providing commuters with arts experiences that we hope you will enjoy as you travel by bus to the Festival.
Through Poetry in Motion, a project using poems with the guiding theme of “The Power of One” and civil rights, local youth with TRANSIT ARTS and GCAC’s Art in the House program created artwork to pair with selected poetry, which were then recreated as bus placards. Selected pieces are now on display in COTA’s fleet of over 300 buses.
The Poetry in Motion art project was established through a partnership between COTA, GCAC and the Poetry Society of America, and has been successfully implemented in several other transit systems.
Commissioned to create a temporary, public art space through FINDING TIME: Columbus Public Art 2012 in celebration of Columbus’ bicentennial, International German artists Henrik Mayer and Martin Keil of REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT (RG) formed “The Bus to the Future”. The multimedia installation permeates COTA’s transit system and poses the question, “What would you call your bus line that leads your city to the future?”
The art is presented as special signs at bus stops in and around the Downtown area, posters in various Downtown passenger shelters and placards on 80 buses circulating through COTA service. It will be on display from the end of May until September 2012 in support of 200Columbus’ year-long celebration of Columbus’ Bicentennial.
Festival patrons can use the following COTA routes to get to the Columbus Arts Festival site:
2 N High/ E Main
3 W Mound (not Northwest, as it doesn’t have Sunday service)
5 W 5th Ave
6 Sullivant/ Mt Vernon
10 E Broad/W Broad
11 Oak/Bryden / St Clair
12 McKinley (Not Fields as it doesn’t have Sunday service)
15 Grove City
16 E Long/S High
Buses will run during Festival hours. For more information on COTA, visit www.cota.com.
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 these and other 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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