Youngstown State gears up for arts fest

YOUNGSTOWN – The works of local, regional and national artists and craftsmen will be featured during Youngstown State University’s 15th-annual Summer Festival of the Arts.

More than 75 artists were juried from a large group of applicants to showcase original, hand-crafted pieces including jewelry, paintings, sketches, sculptures, glass, wood and textiles in an artists’ marketplace.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 13 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 14 on and around the YSU campus.

Family-oriented activities also will take place, including a hands-on art tent for children to create artwork with the help of a professional art teacher, as well as numerous dance, theater and music performances.

Several events will be held in conjunction with the festival, including the McDonough Museum of Art’s “Think It Print It” lab, held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13 and 14, in which participants will be introduced to 3D printing with an Add A Gear Project or Magic Bubble Wand.

The Youngstown Jazz Festival will be held July 14 in downtown Youngstown, featuring Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and songwriter Kirk Whalum. Tickets are available at

Other events include the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Summerfest from July 11 to 14 at 220 N. Walnut St.; the Smoky Hollow 5K Race, 7:45 a.m. July 13; Tour of the Valley bicycle race, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 14; and YSU’s All-Alumni Reunion on July 12 at OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology, with a reunion dinner will on July 13 in Kilcawley Center (reservations are required by contacting Heather Belgin at

Weekend events are being collaborated by YSU, the Mahoning County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Youngstown.

For more information, visit or contact Lori Factor, festival coordinator, at