Art is at the heart of YSU's summer festival

Staff report


Youngstown State University’s 14th annual Summer Festival of the Arts, featuring artwork, food, music and dance, will be Saturday and Sunday at and around the YSU campus.

Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The heart of the festival is the artists’ marketplace, which will showcase the work of more than 70 local, regional and national artists selling original, hand-crafted pieces, including jewelry, paintings, sketches, sculptures, glass, wood and textiles.

Family activities include the popular hands-on art tent, where children are encouraged to create various pieces of artwork under the guidance of a professional art teacher. Dozens of music, theater and dance performances are also scheduled across campus, from the McDonough Museum of Art to DeBartolo Hall, where the Lemon Grove Cafe will provide nonstop entertainment. In addition, numerous YSU departments will participate with activities and displays.

The event also includes the Festival of Nations, featuring more than 20 ethnic clubs and churches with ethnic memorabilia, performances and food.

Many local arts and cultural groups will also provide open hours and activities at many off-campus locations, including the Butler Institute of American Art, Arms Museum, Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor (the steel museum), OH WOW! Children’s Museum, YWCA Women’s Art Show at the McDonough Museum of Art, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County Main Branch, St. John’s Episcopal Church and the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown.

The second annual Youngstown Jazz Fest will be at Harrison Common on Walnut Street near the MVR restaurant. Headlining the concert is Pieces of a Dream. Doors open at 5 p.m. The concert is free and patrons are permitted to bring in picnic baskets containing food and non-alcoholic beverages, and folding chairs and blankets.

Additional activities during SFA weekend include the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Summerfest, today through Sunday, at the church grounds at 220 N. Walnut St.; and the Smoky Hollow 5K Run and One-Mile Family Fun Walk at 7:45 a.m. Saturday.

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