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Kent State’s College of the Arts and the City of Kent Present Multigenerational and Interactive Arts Festival

The city of Kent and Kent State University will combine efforts to present the inaugural Kent Creativity Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, on the Lefton Esplanade between Kent State’s Rockwell Hall on Lincoln Street and downtown Kent, near Haymaker Parkway. 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,” says John R. Crawford-Spinelli, dean of Kent State’s College of the Arts. 

All arts activities are free and multigenerational, so everyone is encouraged to participate.

In addition to the activities, there will be live entertainment by local and regional performers including the Kent State Marching Golden Flashes and the Kent Roosevelt High School Marching Band. The event also will feature two performances by Philadelphia’s African dance troupe Kariamu and Company: Traditions and the African Ensemble of Kent State. There will be a special appearance by Khio Nonongkham, director of Kent State’s Thai Ensemble, who will perform on a native Thai flute. Various food truck vendors will be available for food and beverages.

The event will include hands-on activities involving musical instruments, printmaking and screen printing, artistic journaling, creative writing, a special poetry experience hosted by Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center, drawing workshops, felting, improvisational choreography, theatrical activities and various painting opportunities. Kent Parks and Recreation will present Art in Motion. For a full list of activities, visit

This event is sponsored by Kent State’s College of Public Health, the Burbick Foundation, Cynthia Stillings and Marty Simonsen, Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, the Coleman Foundation, Garret and Michele Ferrar, 4Cats Arts Studio, Hometown Bank, Seven Seventeen Credit Union and Smithers Oasis Co. Media sponsors are WKSU and The Record Courier.