What’s New at the 2017 Columbus Arts Festival?
For immediate releaseApril 25, 2017
Contact: Jami Goldstein
COLUMBUS, Ohio — There are always new things to discover at the Columbus Arts Festival powered by American Electric Power (AEP)! Here are some new elements guests can find at the 2017 festival, June 9-11:
Festival Lighting Installation
Artists Christabel S. Y. and Samuel J. Wagner are creating a sculptural lighting installation, made possible with the support of American Electric Power. Titled Structural Circumstances E.G. 2, the installation will be a 24’ x 8’ replica of a mobile home made from multicolored, transparent plexiglass built just south of the fountains on the east side of Bicentennial Park.
New Stage Locations
This year the new West Bank Stage will feature live music west of the river on the grass lot bordered by Belle Street, Washington Boulevard and Town Street. The Ohio Magazine Word Is Art stage has moved to the west side of the river near the Big Local Arts Tent presented by Kroger, while the Groove U Stage makes it way east of the river to Civic Center Drive near the Pelotonia bike corral. Dance and theater performances have been combined on the IKEA Dance & Theater Stage, set up in the parking lot on the northeast corner of Civic Center Drive and South Second Street. The Grasspatch Theatre will perform Jumanji on the east side of the river in the grass on the northwest corner of Civic Center Drive and Rich Street.
Sliders With the Symphony sponsored by Safelite
The Columbus Symphony will perform Sunday, June 11 at 11 a.m. on the ABC6 Bicentennial Stage, and White Castle will be on hand serving their signature sliders to guests!
Sign Your Art is Back!
After a year hiatus, this beloved community project returns to the Arts Festival with support from Easton. Festival guests can paint their own tiles in a tent next to the Cultural Arts Center on South Second Street. Approximately 300 pieces will be curated from the festival creations to be installed throughout the community in July 2017.
The festival has partnered with Hopper Carts to provide free rides from designated drop-off and pick-up points throughout the festival weekend. Hopper is a 100% eco-friendly, on demand shuttle service that offers safe, free transportation in Columbus’ busiest neighborhoods. Hopper uses electric carts to lower costs and works with local and national clients on branding and advertising campaigns to pay for the service.
Students from the Columbus College of Art & Design designed all of the T-shirts for the 2017 Festival. Guests can show their support for local art students by purchasing Festival T-shirts at one of two the Merchandise Tents located in the center of each bridge.
Columbus College of Art & Design Shade Installation
Students from Columbus College of Art & Design have also created an installation that will provide shade to festival visitors enjoying meals and watching performances just off Washington Boulevard near the West Bank Stage.
Family Care Station
Presented by Columbia Gas of Ohio in partnership with the Columbus Diaper Coalition, the Family Care Station offers families a private and shaded area to change diapers and feed the youngest art fans. The station will be located on the west side of the river near the Art Makes Columbus Activity Village presented by Huntington.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 9 p.m.)
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 2017 Columbus Arts Festival is powered by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors include AT&T, Blue Moon, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Columbus Recreation & Parks, Columbus State Community College, COTA, CoverMyMeds, DLZ, G&J Pepsi-Cola, Graeter’s Ice Cream, Grange Insurance, Hopper Cart, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IKEA, Kroger, LAZ Parking, LBrands Foundation, Nationwide, Oakland Nursery, The Ohio State University, PNC, Safelite, Svedka, Toyota, Vintage Wine, The Westin Columbus and White Castle. Media sponsors include ABC6/WSYX and FOX28, CD102.5, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RBX, RSVP, WCBE 90.5 and WOSU Public Media.
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. The Arts Council thanks the City of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. www.gcac.org
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