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Kent Creativity Festival

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 is back for 2019!  Save the date!


Artists prepare and lead interactive creative activities that will engage and inspire visitors to explore their own creativity and participate in the joy and transformative power of making art and sharing it with others. Each spring we send out a Call for Artists throughout the region to participate in the September festival.  There is no cost to the artist and if they are chosen they will receive a stipend to help cover the cost of their supplies. Slots are limited!


Presented by The City of Kent and KSU College of the Arts
Art Works: National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council
Cindy Stillings and Marty Simonsen

Artists and Performers

Conduct Us at the Kent Creativity Festival


The Kent Creativity Festival event planning committee invites you to submit an application to participate in the Kent Creativity Festival, to be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019.  

Kent Creativity Festival participants creating a wire community quilt

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! 


Making Dog Toys with recycled tshirts and tennis balls


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


The Burbick Foundation
College of Public Health
Record Courier


Portage Community Bank
Metis Construction Services
WilJen of Kent South Water Street McDonalds
College of Architecture and Environmental Design