Artists | Kent Creativity Festival | Kent State University

The Kent Creativity Festival Working Group is pleased to announce the artists for the 2018 festival!

We look forward to our third successful festival on September 29, 2018. This year we welcome the KSU Robotics team who will help you to maneuver through an obstacle course. There will be performances by the Thai Ensemble and the East Meets West dance group, the African dance group ASE Xpressions, and the Hip Hop Hoop Troop. This year we will have on display Clean Transportation vehicles.


Kent Roosevelt High School Marching Band, 11:00 a.m. – Directed by Dr. J. Roebke
Rootstown High School Marching Band, 2 p.m. – Directed by D. McCloskey  

Smash Time

Wholly Frijoles

A global project where participants will celebrate their uniqueness and strengthen their ties to each other. The UNITY project is a response to the divisiveness we are seeing around the world. Join us to build a larger-than-life structure.  Each participant’s yarn will intertwine with others’ to create a web of interconnectedness. Visit The Kent Interfaith Alliance for Racial Justice and Reconciliation

Kent Better Block will foster creative expression and raise awareness to the historical and cultural significance of North Water Street in downtown Kent by engaging community members in creating a 5”x7” picture frame size, abstract, mixed media collage of downtown Kent. In order to better understand the dreams of Kent residents and visitors, participants will be asked to write down their dreams for Kent and North Water Street on a blackboard that will be showcased for all in a community common space. Kent Better Block

The Kent Clean Transportation Crew will have sustainable vehicles on display in the City of Kent Health Department Parking Lot.


I Dream of Weaving  Write your hopes and dreams for the future on re-cycled fabric and join us in weaving our dreams together! Using hula hoops as looms we will be creating several collaborative weavings while encouraging positive thoughts through art in our community. NAEA Kent State Student Chapter

Origami and Calligraphy  Participants will create orgami paper art - a crane, camera, frog, etc.; try their hand at calligraphy using Chinese and Japanese characteristics and Kanji art to write their name themselves; and, learn about Japanese culture in the process. Japanese Culture Exchange Circle

Thai Dancers and Musicians  Enjoy a live performance that puts dancers from the East Meets West dance group on stage with musicians from the Thai Music Ensemble. On the ground, separate workshops will allow community members to interact with the dancers and musicians in traditional garb who will teach people various aspects of rhythms and movements inherent in Thai Classical Dance. KSU students and faculty – Thai Ensemble and East Meets West

Whimsical Kinetic Sculptures  Create sculptures that glitter, ring, glide, and flutter in the wind! Participants of all ages will use shiny, striped and brightly colored pipe cleaners, colorful Twisteez wire and feathers, neon bendy straws, ribbons and yarn, macrame beads, shiny jingle bells, buttons and other assorted materials to stick, thread and decorate a styrofoam shape (a 2" ball, triangle, cube, etc.). KSU student


Kent State University Robotics Team  Maneuver the team’s NASA robotic cars through an obstacle course and compete with fellow festival participants!  In the process you will discover the many possibilities of STEM. KSU Robotics students


Steampunk Jewelry  How many times do you see something at an antiques store, a yard sale or an estate sale and think, “Oh, that’s pretty, I can make jewelry out of that!”? If you answered lots of times, then you’d probably enjoy making Steampunk jewelry. Our artist will show you how!


Theatre on the Spectrum Through theatre games and improvisation, company members will engage participants in spontaneous acts of theatre! The goal is to create an inclusive environment where people of all abilities and ages can meet to create mini performances. The Center for Applied Drama and Autism and Ardmore, Inc. have partnered to develop an adult theatre program for people of all abilities with an interest in learning and creating theatre. Center for Applied Drama and Autism


Re-cycled Shirt Macrame Using yarn made from upcycled t-shirts (tarn), participants will make a simple macrame dragonfly. The Socially Responsible Sweatshop of Kent, Ohio

Fashion Croquis Participants will create their very own fashion design. First they will draw their idea on the fashion croquis (sketchbook), with some assistance as required.  After choosing their own designer fabric from a large collection of swatches, they will mount the swatches to their sketches and take home their very own design. Kent Fabrics


Conduct Us! Current KSU students involved in the music program will play familiar tunes while festival participants come on stage to conduct the orchestra. KSU Orchestra students

ASE Xpressions The troupe will be demonstrating different African dancing, both traditional and modern. After performing on the main stage, a workshop will be conducted teaching the dance that was just performed.  KSU students

Pull Up a Chair and Dance! Participants will be guided through dance/movement explorations with an emphasis on the joy of moving and connecting with others.  Whether you want to rev up to walk around the festival or relax and renew before setting out again, Pull Up a Chair and Dance! will engage, entertain and invigorate. KSU Faculty

Storytelling Pendants Participants will create wearable art by rolling decorative paper, in the shape of long triangles, to create beads, with the option of constructing a central storytelling pendant from paper. Non-toxic glue seals the beads, making them waterproof. All ages can participate and be successful. KSU Women’s Center/School of Art

Hoop Dance Learn about the many benefits of hoop dance including weight loss, stress relief, and a sense of community. Using beginner-friendly hula hoops and also a couple advanced hula hoops, guests will have a chance to test out different sizes and materials to find which one feels right for them. Enjoy a program of basic moves guests depending on your personal goals whether that be fitness, dance, or technical skills. KSU Student

Silkscreen Your Own Tote The student printmaking club have created a 2-color design for this activity.  Participants will be able to silkscreen the first color for the tote at station 1, then move to station 2 for the second color, leaving with a tote bag that can function as a reusable grocery bag. KSU student United Print Alliance

Modular Building  Join in creating a large installation using a large format modular building element that can be easily connected to other self-similar elements. The pieces are easily manageable, soft sheets of rigid foam to keep participants safe and to allow artists of all abilities to participate. The building components can be assembled in a number of smaller compositions or combined together into one, large-scale piece. DS Architecture

Design a Sea Star Materials include paper plate, markers, scissors, glue, yarn, a variety of colorful cereals and grains and sequins. We will make suggestions about what they could include to make their sea star more beautiful. Learn some fascinating facts about sea stars as you work. Fun Dimensions of Creative Writing

Jumping Off The Page! Join Wandering Aesthetics for a day of improvisational play for ALL AGES and ALL SKILL LEVELS! Guided by the storytellers, participants will be encouraged to put on a costume, grab a prop or two, and enter the world of the story. Using animal tales as our structure and improvisation as our rule, this activity is sure to bring out everyone's creativity. From myths to fairy tales, this day is sure to be an adventure like none other. A few props, some makeshift costumes and a story is all you'll need throughout this interactive theatrical affair. From trickster foxes to helpful monkeys, step out of reality and into the world of make believe. Wandering Aesthetics

Hip Hop Hoop Troop Dance The group will perform on stage and conduct workshops to teach their moves. Participants will be engaged in following a step-by- step process to learn hoop dance skills.  Based at Kent Parks & Rec Fitness Center

How the Black Squirrel Came to Kent Did you ever wonder how the black squirrels came to Kent? Discover the answer! Participate in creative projects: create a black squirrel bracelet, invent a feeder for our fuzzy little friends, construct a black squirrel model or puppet, and design a black squirrel super hero. Touching the Future Today

Natural Spinning & Dyeing Hale Farm Spinners and Dyers present natural dyeing, using natural materials from garden, field or forest. A team of dyers will help you select materials for dye and then dye yarn or silk cloth in a surprising array of colors. Hale Farm & Village

Button Making Participants will provide the artwork and we will provide everything else needed to make two buttons each. Artists can use crayons, markers, stencils, stickers, or bring their own supplies! Sparrow Haus

Art in Motion Artists will create their very own artwork using paint, art papers, markers, scissors, tape, pipe cleaners, shredded crinkle paper, etc. Kent Parks and Recreation

Boomwacker Band Come join the Boomwacker Band! Up to 12 participants at a time will work together using color-coded boom wackers and push bells to re-create family friendly pop hits. No musical experience is required and all abilities are welcome to ROCK OUT with support from our team of music therapists! The Boomwack Band will be set up all day, allowing participants to come back and play as much as they want! The Groovy Garfoose

Poetry Experience Enjoy a fully immersive poetry experience through micro-workshops that will guide guests through short writing prompts. Record your poem in a special recording booth and then view it in real time on the full-wall white board in a classroom of the Wick Poetry Center inside the Mary Prentice House. Wick Poetry Center

Puppets and Pitches Better living through Puppetry.  Come create hand puppets and then learn how to use your new friend to pitch yourself or your greatest idea. With the power of creativity and crafts, you can really Sock it to ‘em! KSU LaunchNet and Theatre & Dance faculty & students

Small Pillow Making Create small pillows with custom printed fabric designs on sewing machines set up at the booth.  Several choices of fabrics will be offered. KSU Fashion School TechStyleLAB

Metal Casting The foundry in a box demonstration will allow participants to get  firsthand experience in metal casting on a small scale.  Artists will start by making a sand mold of their chosen design and finish their molds with assistance. All safety precautions will be adhered to in the process.  KSU American Foundry Society

Watercolor Fern Prints By experimenting with various watercolor techniques, participants will create take-home fern prints. The artists will use paper, watercolor, spray bottles, salt, blow dryers, brushes, masking, ferns and leaves.  Wall’s Community Garden  

Chalk Bodies in Motion Make an outline of yourself on a large panel and use charcoal and chalk to create the features, textures, and patterns – realistic or fanciful as you wish – within the outlines. School of Art Alumni