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2019 Kent Creativity Festival CALL for ARTISTS!

Calling Ohio Artists, Writers, Performers and Makers for the Kent Creativity Festival!

The Kent Creativity Festival event planning committee invites you to submit an application to participate in the upcoming Kent Creativity Festival, to be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019. The event draws nearly 3,000 attendees annually, and expectations are high for an even more successful event in 2019. This festival will again provide an opportunity for people of all ages and skill levels to come together and create, share and explore the making of all forms of art. It is a collective effort by the City of Kent and Kent State University, including many organizations focused on arts and culture in our vibrant city.  Food trucks will also be on site.


The Kent Creativity Festival is a free event, and will take place on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade between Rockwell Hall and downtown Kent. Participants are asked to prepare and lead interactive activities that will engage and inspire people to explore their own creativity, and participate in the joy and transformative power of making art. The event is multigenerational, so we ask that your activity be appropriate for a wide span of ages. A $250 stipend will be provided to those selected to be a part of this event. The application deadline is June 1, 2019 and selections will be made by July 15, 2019.



Transforming Lives Through the Arts

A student painting modern art

School of Art

Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s top 100 graduate programs in the visual arts, the School of Art provides endless opportunities for undergraduates delving into fine art, crafts, art history and art education. Students are supported and challenged by a worldclass faculty, who stimulate creativity in the classroom, studio and gallery spaces.

Associate Professor Margarita Benitez and students in the TechStyleLAB

Fashion School

At the Fashion School, design and merchandising majors showcase their talent and innovation in real-world settings. This energized atmosphere has earned the school a consistent ranking among the best fashion programs nationally and globally. Students are required to complete both an approved internship and study-away experience before graduating, and more than 3,000 alumni can be found throughout the industry working for the world’s most recognized brands.

School of Music

School of Music

The School of Music alumni network comprises a global ensemble of music performers and educators embedded in the world's most prestigious musical institutions. The school is one of the busiest on campus. Music pours out of practice studios, ensembles gather for rehearsal, faculty members attend student recitals and highly coveted guest artists teach master classes.

The Servant of Two Masters

School of Theatre and Dance

Theatre and Dance students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the study of their art at one of the nation's highest-ranked public research universities. From dawn until long after dark, the Center for the Performing Arts is alive with students' creative activities.