After completing a joint master plan for public art last year, some of the folks from KSU, the City, and downtown Kent that worked on that plan wanted to keep the “art” ball rolling and they’ve pushed and pulled a couple of new arts ideas into the arts pipeline.
One of their first efforts is the “utility box poetry stanza’s” that we will be presenting to Council for approval next month. If all goes well, this project should “hit the streets” this summer. (more information to follow on this item)
The other big effort is a new Kent event, “The Kent Creativity Festival.”
A dedicated group of about 20 art-minded people from campus and the community have been meeting for over a year to plan a new arts engagement event. They even have a logo:
The arts group has tried twice to get national arts grant funds to underwrite the event but unfortunately they were unsuccessful — but that’s not going to stop them and they’ve put a call out to artists to participate in the first Kent Creativity Festival planned for later this summer.
I wanted to pass this information along to you in case you know of local artists that might be interested. As part of the grant applications they put a short video together that talks about the aspirations for the Creativity Festival — here’s the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TjSfk35mrA&feature=youtu.be
And they even created a Facebook page for the event: https://www.facebook.com/KentCreativityFestival
Kent has always had some great art but it’s been difficult to organize it in a way that shows it off — which is why it’s great to see this effort starting to create a core team of Kent arts champions.
Great destinations have great personality and the arts is one of the best ways to express Kent’s eclectic personality.