The annual Kent Creativity Festival provides an opportunity for people of all ages and skill levels to come together to create, share and explore the creation of all forms of art.  

A group of local stakeholders, including Kent State University, the City of Kent, Main Street Kent, local non-profit organizations and Kent businesses, plans the festival. For people of all ages in a hands-on environment that allows everyone to BE AN ARTIST! 

The Kent Creativity Festival, sponsored by the City of Kent and the Kent State University College of the Arts will present the annual outdoor hands-on arts festival on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade between Kent State’s Rockwell Hall on Lincoln St. 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.  Attendees can enjoy hands-on activities in jewelry-making, weaving, dance, silk screen, architecture, creative writing, improvisational theatre, poetry, sewing and music therapy. This multigenerational event is free and open to everyone. 

There will also be live performances by local performing artists and groups including the KSU Orchestra, the African dance troupe ASE Xpressions, two high school marching bands from Kent Roosevelt and Rootstown, the ArtsSparks Scholarship Dance Team, and the KSU Thai Ensemble who will be drumming.  Special guests are the Sanyuka Children’s Choir performing Ugandan songs.

“We look forward to welcoming even larger crowds than in previous years. There is so much to do, see and experience, we invite everyone to come out to participate.  From toddlers to teens, to College students to octogenarians, everyone will be engaged in the art activities,” said Effie Tsengas, Communications and Marketing Director, College of the Arts.

Guests will also enjoy the UNITY Project where everyone can help to create a web of interconnectedness; the public exhibition “We the People” which consists of large-scale portraits of NE Ohio community members who also identify as refugees; a display of the Kent Clean Transportation Crew’s sustainable vehicles.  Plus, food trucks on site.

Parking is free in the Rockwell Hall parking lot off S. Lincoln Street at 515 Hilltop Drive.



  • Artists


    Kent Roosevelt High School Marching Band, 11:00 a.m. – Directed by Dr. J. Roebke
    Ugandan Sanyuka Children’s Choir, 11:30 a.m.

  • Photo Gallery

    Photo Gallery

    Enjoy a photo gallery of many of the activities captured during the Sept. 30, 2017 Kent Creativity Festival. Check out barefoot painting, indigo dye technique, conducting the orchestra, Unity Project and much more! 


  • Donations


    Help us to make the Kent Creativity Festival a success! We appreciate your support of this Kent community event.