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 third annual Kent Creativity Festival, to be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Last year, the event drew over 2,500 attendees, and expectations are high for an even more successful event in 2018. This multigenerational festival will 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. The festival 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 S. Lincoln St. 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. Check out the 33 activities from last year's festival and submit a 2018 artist application on the festival website. The application process will close on June 1, 2018 and the artist selections made by July 15. If you have any questions about the application process, please email      


Additionally this year, the festival is opening up opportunities for performers to participate on the festival stage. All interested performers are required to submit a video link for consideration. Performers who have an instructional component to their act are especially encouraged to submit their application online. You may fill out the Performer Submission Form by June 1, 2018. Selections will be made by July 1, 2018.


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 to be a part of this third annual event.


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.



POSTED: Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 1:01pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:15pm