Get Interactive at the 2019 Columbus Arts Festival!
For immediate releaseApril 22, 2019
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio — With more than 260 exhibiting artists at the Columbus Arts Festival presented by American Electric Power, there is certainly plenty to see June 7-9 on the riverfront, but there is also plenty to do. The Festival offers interactive opportunities for people of all ages and skill-sets to create, observe, explore and learn.
Hands-On Activities Village
Always a popular attraction, the Festival’s Hands-On Activities Village presented by Battelle has even more going on this year. Located again at Dorrian Green on the west side of COSI, the village is staffed by volunteers from 13 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. Sunday. Activities range from building rockets, creating sun catchers, recording songs and more. With representatives on hand from organizations like Art with Anna, COSI, Glass Axis, Super Art League and The Dick & Jane Project, there are activities to fit a wide range of interests and ages. Almost all activities are free and open to both kids and adults.
Virtual Reality Tent
Debuting this year on the riverfront plaza east of COSI is the Virtual Reality Tent presented by White Castle. Festival goers can experiment and play with a variety of interactive virtual reality, animation and gaming exhibitions. Columbus artist Bryan Christopher Moss has created three environments with the VR Google Tilt Brush for guests to experience. Add your mark to the castle wall in the White Castle Community Art Project, explore Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson’s Mt. Vernon Ave. or dive into the Oasis from Ready Player One. You can also play Sony’s virtual reality games “Beat Saber” and “Astro Bot,” bring 3D printed animal sculptures to life with CCAD’s Augmented Reality Sculpture Experience or immerse yourself in virtual reality games presented by GDEX.
Big Local Art Village
Each year at the Columbus Arts Festival, creatives from all over the city come together to build a place for people to experience and purchase local art. Once a Big Local Art Tent, in 2019 we have built a village at the Festival’s Franklinton entrance on West Rich Street near 400 West Rich. Returning for its eighth year, the visual art portion of the Big Local Art Village includes the usual wealth of local art (more than 60 artists from across the city) and demos, including Japanese calligraphy, woodturning, leathercrafting, clay-throwing, wire art, blacksmithing and more. Nearby, the Big Local Art Stage has an incredible line up of Columbus-based musicians. And, for those who appreciate the brewing arts, the Big Local Beer Garden, presented by Blue Moon features local craft brewers and their wares.
Kids play art collector in the Children’s Gallery presented by PNC. On Saturday and Sunday from noon to 1:30 p.m. children ages 12 and younger are invited to experience the unique kid-sized gallery—located near the Hands-On Activities Village—with artwork donated by exhibiting artists. Each piece is priced at $5 and under.
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Make the most of our mobile app presented by Grange through the new scavenger hunt. Find the list of clues in the app or the Festival guidebook; figure out the clues, go to the locations where they lead and scan the QR code there to reveal part of a hidden phrase. There are a total of eight locations, and when all eight parts of the hidden phrase are completed, you can enter to win our prize package with Hotel LeVeque.
Meet the Art Shark
Always on the move, the beloved mascot of the Columbus Arts Festival will appear 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 Hands-On Activity Village by COSI (Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) or at the Bicentennial Park fountain (Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-3:30 p.m.).
Get Framed at the Arts Fest
The Art Shark isn’t the only fun photo opp. Festival guests can place themselves in the giant selfie frame presented by Reed Arts, 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 backdrop.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)’s Riverfest returns to the festival with a free canoe and kayak launch point on the festival grounds behind the ABC6 Bicentennial Park Stage, next to the Main Street Bridge. Riverfest will take place Saturday, June 8 from noon – 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 9 from noon—4 p.m. Some walk-up appointments will be available; advance reservations can be made at www.morpc.org/riverfest.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 8 p.m.; artists have the option to stay open later.)
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 2019 Columbus Arts Festival is presented by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors and partners include Bank of America, Battelle, Best Buy, Blue Moon, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, COTA, CoverMyMeds, Duke’s Mayonnaise, Easton, G&J Pepsi Cola, Graeter’s, Grange, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IGS Energy, Jose Cuervo, L Brands Foundation, LAZ Parking, Legoland, MORPC, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, PNC, Reed Arts, Schoedinger, Smart Columbus, Three Olives Vodka, Toyota, Vintage Wine Distributors, Westin Columbus, White Castle, Whole World Lemonade and Worthington Industries. Media sponsors include ABC6/Fox28, CD102.5, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Mix 107.9, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RBX Media, RSVP, WCBE 90.5 and WOSU Public Media.
Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus. www.gcac.org
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For a selection of high-res images, visit the Festival’s Press Room Images page.