Calling Ohio Artists, Writers, Performers and Makers for the Kent Creativity Festival!

The Kent Creativity Festival event planning committee invites you to submit an application to participate in the second annual Kent Creativity Festival, to be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017. The inaugural event drew over 2,000 attendees, and expectations are high for an even more successful event in 2017. This festival will again provide an opportunity for people of all ages and skill levels to come together and create, share and explore the making of all forms of art. It is a collective effort by the City of Kent and Kent State University, including many organizations focused on arts and culture in our vibrant city.

The Kent Creativity Festival is a free event, and will take place on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade between Rockwell Hall and downtown Kent. Participants are asked to prepare and lead interactive activities that will engage and inspire people to explore their own creativity, and participate in the joy and transformative power of making art. A $250 stipend will be provided to those selected to be a part of this event. The application deadline is May 1, 2017 and selections will be made by July 1, 2017.

A few examples of interactive activities include:

Poetry: create poems with a pre-established theme. Painting on easels: watch various artists paint or draw objects or elements from nature. Drawing with the body: draw on a white canvas using body movements and charcoal or pastels.

Whether your work could support these activities or be completely unique, you are encouraged to share your creativity and submit your proposal to be a part of this second annual event. For more information and to download the application, please visit Applications can be submitted via email to: or regular mail: 650 Hilltop Drive, Cartwright Hall, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242 by May 1, 2017. Selections will be made by July 1, 2017.

The event planning committee is also seeking sponsors for the event. Any businesses, organizations, or individuals interested in supporting this event should contact Gloria Tilenni at to find out how to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Kent Creativity Festival.

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

POSTED: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 10:26am
UPDATED: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 3:53pm