Summer Festival of the Arts will be July 13 and 14

Mark your calendars for the 15th Annual Summer Festival of the Arts July 13 and 14 at Youngstown State University.

A celebration of both the fine and performing arts, the Festival enjoys wide community participation from local and regional arts groups, cultural institutions, ethnic groups and the greater university community.

Artist applications for the juried fine art show are now available, and artists are encouraged to apply by the April 5 early deadline. Each application must be accompanied by a $20 jury fee. If accepted, the booth fee is $100. More than 80 artists participated in the two-day event last year, which also includes an ethnic festival, jazz concert and multiple family activities.

“We are grateful to the community for supporting the arts over the years as well as to the artists who have exhibited and sold their artwork,” said Lori Factor, Festival coordinator. “We are looking forward to the variety of activities planned to celebrate this milestone event.”

The Festival originally began as Walk on Wick, an event sponsored by the Youngstown Area Arts Council. In a partnership between the then-Arts Council and YSU, the Festival became a department of the university in 1999, expanding into a weekend long juried arts event at and around YSU.

Applications for fine artists wishing to sell their artwork in the Artists’ Marketplace are available by emailing Factor at or by downloading an application at the festival website,