Kent Creativity Festival Seeks Ohio Artists, Writers, Performers and Makers

The Kent Creativity Festival planning committee is seeking applications from those interested in participating in the second annual Kent Creativity Festival to be held on Saturday, Sept. 30. The inaugural event drew more than 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 the city.

The Kent Creativity Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 30.The Kent Creativity Festival is a free event and will take place on the 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, and selections will be made by July 1.

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.

Find more information and download the application

Applications can be sent to 650 Hilltop Drive, Cartwright Hall, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001 or via email to by May 1.

The event planning committee also is 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: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 03:34 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM