Summer Festival July 10-13 in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Summer Festival of the Arts, a weekend of arts, culture and jazz, is planned for July 10 to 13 at sites in and near the downown and Youngstown State University.

Organizers from YSU, the city, Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and Eric Ryan Productions are sponsoring the weekend.

The heart of he 16th annual YSU Summer Festival of the Arts is the artists’ marketplace that showcases the work of more than 75 local, regional and national artists selling original, hand-crafted pieces such as jewelry, paintings, sketches, sculptures, glass, wood and textiles. The artists’ work has been juried, or selected, from among the applicants.

Among the events:

  • The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Summerfest, which includes live music and dancing, food and Greek pastries, and a display of cultural memorabilia. Admission is free.
  • The Downtown Jazz fest, presented by the city of Youngstown and the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau, July 12.

Family activities include the hands-on art tent where children are encouraged to create artwork under the guidance of a professional art teacher. Dozens of music, theater and dance performances are also scheduled the entire length of the campus, from the McDonough Museum of Art to DeBartolo Hall.

The festival includes the “Festival of Nations” that will host more than 20 ethnic clubs and churches that provide ethnic memorabilia, performances and food. Admission is free.

This will be the fourth year for the Downtown Jazz Fest. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. July 12 in the middle of Wick Avenue near Central Square. Tickets, $10 each, will be available at the gate.

Featured artist is saxophonist-band leader-composer-arranger-producer Kim Waters.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.
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