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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!
Kent Creativity Festival 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade between Rockwell Hall and downtown Kent, Ohio

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!

Currently Recruiting Artists and Performers

Participants try their hand at screenprinting

Call for Artists

We invite you to apply to our creativity festival - submit a proposal for an interactive, hands-on activity in which individuals of all ages and levels of skill may participate. 

Can you teach some form of movement? (various types of dance, exercise or other physical activity) 

Can you provide an activity that will bring out the artist in every person stopping by?

For more information, contact Gloria Tilenni at 330-672-8386 or at

Kariamu Dancers Performed at the 2016 Kent Creativity Festival

Call for Performers

Additionally this year, the Kent Creativity 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. 

The application deadline is June 1, 2018 and selections will be made by July 1, 2018.

For more information, please contact Effie Tsengas,, 330-672-8398. 

Kent Creativity Festival 2017 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! In this photo the attendees created their own piece of art that came together in a wire community quilt.


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.