Setup begins for Summer Festival of the Arts

YSU Summer Festival of the Arts

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – On Friday, artists were setting up for the 17th annual Summer Festival of the Arts on Youngstown State University’s campus.

The festival this weekend is expected to bring nearly 13,000 people. Artists are setting up tents and food stands.

People who attend the festival are able to enjoy entertainment and buy items they can’t find anywhere else.

“You won’t be able to go into a store and buy original artwork. So you come here and you’ll have a one of a kind object for your home, or your office, or as a gift,” event director Lori Factor said.

YSU President James Tressel will officially open the festival with a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday by the fountain near Kilcawley Center. The ceremony will include a Color Guard from the 910th Airlift Wing, musical entertainment and remarks. The public is invited to participate.

In addition to activities at the main branch on Wick Avenue, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County will host a Pop-Up Library.

The Summer Festival of the Arts and Lit Youngstown have partnered on a public literary art project which includes a contest of literary submissions of 50 words of ekphrastic writing—writing that is inspired by any work of art. The winning submission is printed on a reusable, sustainable tote bag sponsored by Green Youngstown and the Mahoning County Green Team, and distributed to the public at the Summer Festival of the Arts.

Nearly 25 performing groups and individuals are featured throughout the two days in three venues, many with ties to YSU as current students or alumni.

YSU’s Department of Alumni Engagement will host the Theta Chi Alumni reunion Saturday at the Williamson College of Business Administration at 5 p.m., and the Half Century (50th reunion) Club on Sunday at 11 a.m. in Kilcawley Center’s Presidents’ Suites. More information is available at 330-941-3119.

The John J. McDonough Museum of Art, closed for construction during the Summer Festival of the Arts, will collaborate with the Erie Terminal Event Space and Commercial Gallery, 112 W. Commerce Street, Youngstown, for an exhibition of YSU alumnus Gary Taneri’s paintings. An opening reception is planned 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

In addition, many local arts and cultural groups will also provide open hours and activities at their off-campus locations. The Butler Institute of American Art, Arms Museum, Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor (Steel Museum), Oh Wow Children’s Museum, The Women’s Art Show at the YWCA, and St. John’s Episcopal Church, are a few of the groups. In all, over 30 arts and culture groups will set up displays and activities on-site or at their home location.

The Summer Festival of the Arts is free and open to the public.

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