The 15th Annual Summer Festival of the Arts will showcase talents from many cultures LET THE FESTIVITIES BEGIN

Staff report


The 15th annual Summer Festival of the Arts will take place Saturday and Sunday at and around the Youngstown State University campus.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The weekend will close with the Youngstown Jazz Fest, featuring Kirk Whalum and SounDoctrine at 7 p.m. Sunday on Central Square, downtown.

As always, there will be a host of additional activities running concurrently with the SFA. They include:

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Summerfest, 220 N. Walnut St. (across from Choffin Center parking lot), today through Sunday.

The Smoky Hollow 5k Race, 7:45 a.m. Saturday.

The Tour of the Valley bicycle race criterium, all day Sunday in downtown Youngstown.

The heart of the festival is the artists’ marketplace, which will showcase the work of more than 75 local, regional and national artists who will sell original, hand-crafted pieces of jewelry, paintings, sketches, sculptures, glass, wood and textiles. To be included in the SFA, the artists had to pass a selection process.

Family activities will include the hands-on art tent where children can create works under the guidance of a professional art teacher. Dozens of music, theater and dance performances also are scheduled at the festival, which spans the entire length of the campus, from the McDonough Museum of Art to DeBartolo Hall. Numerous YSU departments will participate with activities and displays.

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The McDonough museum is showing “Re-Shaping Ideas: Ingenuity in 3-D Technology,” an exhibit that demonstrates the growing field of 3-D printing. An activity titled the “think it print it” lab will allow patrons to see 3-D printing in action and participate in the Add A Gear Project or the print a Magic Bubble Wand, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Another feature will be a 3-D Robohand, an artificial hand that was developed and “printed” as a prosthetic.

A 15th anniversary original print has been commissioned from local artist Tony Nicholas, which will depict various iconic arts and cultural locations in Youngstown. The print will be available for sale during the SFA.

In addition, a tribute to the late Jon Naberezny will be located in the Bliss Hall Gallery where mementos, artifacts and information about his time as chairman of the YSU art department can be found. Alumni who wish to leave a written reflection may do so.

Many local arts and cultural groups also will provide open hours and activities at their off-campus locations. The Butler Institute of American Art, Arms Museum, Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor (Steel Museum), Oh Wow! children’s museum, The Women’s Art Show at the YWCA, McDonough Museum of Art, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County Main Branch, St. John’s Episcopal Church are a few of the groups. More than 20 arts and culture groups will set up displays and activities on-site as well.

The Summer Festival of the Arts also will include the Festival of Nations, an ethnic festival featuring more than 20 ethnic clubs and churches that provide ethnic memorabilia, performances and food.

Entertainment will be scheduled on several stages throughout the main SFA area.

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