The 17th annual Summer Festival of the Arts, featuring food, music, dance performances and the work of more than 70 artists, is Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, at and around the campus of Youngstown State University.
Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The weekend is being branded as The Summer Festival of the Arts Weekend, including the Arts Fest; the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Summerfest, July 9-12; the unveiling of a new Abraham Lincoln portrait in the Mahoning County Courthouse Rotunda on July 11; the Downtown Jazz Fest Saturday, July 11 in downtown Youngstown near the Central Square; and a Gospel Fest 2K15 on Sunday, July 12, also in downtown Youngstown.
The heart of the Festival of the Arts is the artists’ marketplace, showcasing the work of more than 70 local, regional and national artists selling original, hand-crafted pieces such as jewelry, paintings, sketches, sculptures, glass, wood and textiles. Artists’ work has been juried, or selected, from among all of the applicants.
Family activities are central to the event and include the popular hands on art tent, where children create various pieces of artwork under the guidance of a professional art teacher.
Dozens of music, theater and dance performances are also scheduled across campus, from the McDonough Museum of Art to DeBartolo Hall. Numerous YSU departments will participate with activities and displays.
For more information, visit the Summer Festival of the Arts website.
- In addition to activities at the Main branch, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County will host a Pop-Up Library where patrons may check out Library materials, sign up for a Library card, or learn about digital resources and branch services.
- 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 will be 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. Lit Youngstown will exhibit all entries at their community tent where various activities, tours and readings will occur.
- 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 hosts the Theta Chi Alumni reunion Saturday, July 11 at the Williamson College of Business Administration at 5 p.m., and the Half Century (50th reunion) Club on Sunday, July 12, 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, collaborates with the Erie Terminal Event Space and Commercial Gallery, 112 W. Commerce Street, Youngstown, for an exhibition of YSU alumnus Gary Taneri’s paintings. Fourteen new paintings, including five large paintings inspired by vintage Polaroids of his family, are on display. An opening reception is planned for Friday, July 10, from 5 to 7 p.m.
- 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 will also include the Festival of Nations, an ethnic festival welcoming over 20 ethnic clubs and churches that provide ethnic memorabilia, performances and food.
Other weekend events:
- Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Summerfest, July 9-12, 220 N. Walnut Street. Thursday hours are 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., while Sunday hours are noon to 6 p.m.
- Abraham Lincoln: America’s Story – portrait viewing, Saturday, July 11, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Mahoning County Courthouse Rotunda. See this commemorative portrait that captures the legacy of President Lincoln, created by local artist Ray Simon, and which will be permanently installed in the Courthouse.
- The Downtown Jazz Fest welcomes saxophonist Paul Taylor to the stage at Central Square, downtown Youngstown. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m. with opening act, Jeff Green’s “The Jazz in the Park Allstars.” Tickets available via the Covelli Centre website, Ticketmaster website, in person at the Covelli Centre Box Office, and Giant Eagle Ticketmaster Outlets. All tickets are $8 in advance or $10 day of show, cash only.
- The inaugural Gospel Festival 2K15 is scheduled for Sunday, July 12 at the stage located at Central Square, downtown Youngstown, headlined by Grammy Award Winner Tye Tribbett. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the show begins at 2 p.m. Tickets, which are $45, $25 and $15 (for children) are available at 2DeepEvents.com or by calling 330-397-7567.
Youngstown State University, The Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Youngstown, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and Eric Ryan Productions are collaborating on the events surrounding the weekend.