3rd Annual Kent Creativity Festival Set for Sept. 29 in Kent

A multi-generational and interactive arts festival featuring over 33 activities, live entertainment and food trucks.


The City of Kent and Kent State University join forces again to present the third annual “Kent Creativity Festival” on Sat., Sept. 29, 2018 on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade between Kent State’s Rockwell Hall on Lincoln St. and downtown Kent, near Haymaker Parkway. Once again, the event will feature a wide variety of interactive creative activities presented by local and regional artists and art educators.  “The event is meant to engage and inspire people of all ages to explore their own creativity and realize the transformative power of making art and sharing it with others,” said John R. Crawford-Spinelli, Dean of the College of the Arts.  All arts activities are free and multi-generational, so everyone is encouraged to participate.


The day’s entertainment will include a live performance by East Meets West dance group, music by the Kent State University Thai Ensemble, the Ase Expressions African dance troupe, plus there will be a dance /movement demonstration meant to relax and renew attendees and the Hip Hop Hoop dance group from Kent Parks & Recreation.  The Kent Clean Transportation Crew will have sustainable vehicles on display. Performances by the Kent Roosevelt High School Marching Band (11 a.m.) and Rootstown High School Marching Band (2 p.m.).


“We are thrilled to have the UNITY project back for the second year,” said Gloria Tilenni, Event Manager, “Last year, this was a very popular activity which is again presented by The Kent Interfaith Alliance for Racial Justice and Reconciliation.”


Various food trucks will be onsite for food and beverage including Smashtime, The Manna Truck and Wholy Frijoles.


The event will include hands on activities involving musical instruments, silk screening, artistic journaling, creative writing, a special poetry experience hosted by the Wick Poetry Center, puppetry, architectural building by DS Architecture, drawing workshops, yarn spinning and dyeing, metal casting, watercolor printmaking, charcoal and chalking, improvisational choreography, theatrical activities and may other creative opportunities.  The Kent Parks & Recreation will present Art in Motion.


New this year: the Kent State University Robotics Team as they provide a chance to maneuver the team’s NASA robotic cars through an obstacle course and compete with fellow festival participants!  In the process, you will discover the many possibilities of STEM. 


For a full list of activities, visit https://www.kent.edu/kent-creativity-festival/artists



The event is sponsored by Kent State College of Public Health, The Burbick Foundation, The City of Kent, The College of the Arts and Record Courier.

For more information contact:

Heather Malarcik, Main Street Kent
Phone: 330-677-8000

Email: heather@mainstreetkent.org


Effie Tsengas, College of the Arts, Kent State University

Phone: 330-672-8398

Email: etsengas@kent.edu

POSTED: Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 10:40am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 11:04am