15th annual Summer Festival of the Arts, July 13-14

Summer Fest of the ArtsMore than 75 artists have been selected to participate in the 15th annual Summer Festival of the Arts, set for July 13 and 14 on and around the Youngstown State University campus. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and there is no admission charge.

The heart of the summer festival is the artists’ marketplace, showcasing the work of local, regional and national artists selling original, hand-crafted pieces such as jewelry, paintings, sketches, sculptures, glass, wood and textiles. The show is juried, meaning that the participating artists were chosen from among a larger group of applicants.

Family-oriented activities include the popular hands-on art tent where children are encouraged to create artwork under the guidance of a professional art teacher. Dozens of music, theater and dance performances are also scheduled, and several YSU departments will participate with activities and displays.

The McDonough Museum of Art will make available the “think it print it” lab, where patrons can discover the fascinating world of 3D printing. Those in attendance can see 3D printing in action and participate in the Add A Gear Project or print a Magic Bubble Wand from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13 and 14.

Other traditional summer events planned in conjunction with the Summer Festival of the Arts, include:

  • For the third consecutive year, the Youngstown Jazz Festival, scheduled July 14 in downtown Youngstown with Kirk Whalum as the featured artist.  Tickets are available at www.youngstownjazzfest.com.
  • The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Summerfest, July 11-14 at 220 N. Walnut Street.
  •  The Smoky Hollow 5K Race, starting at 7:45 a.m. July 13.
  •  Tour of the Valley bicycle race, where the criterium is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 14 in downtown Youngstown.
  •   YSU’s All-Alumni Reunion begins Friday, July 12, at OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology, and a reunion dinner will be July 13 in Kilcawley Center. Reservations are required. Contact Heather Belgin at habelgin@ysu.edu.

YSU, the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of Youngstown are collaborating on the weekend events.

Many local arts and cultural groups will also provide open hours and activities at their off-campus locations, including: 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, McDonough Museum of Art, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County Main Branch and St. John’s Episcopal Church.

For more information, visit www.ysu.edu/sfa or contact Lori Factor, festival coordinator, at lafactor@ysu.edu.