Arts Fest: What’s new at Arts Fest

Jim Fischer
Columbus Alive

Columbus Arts Festival patrons are a demanding lot. Every year, in addition to the time-tested awesomeness the festival has been bringing for more than 50 years, they also demand new things!

Of course, all those time-tested treasures were new themselves once. Plus, the folks who bring the event to us every year are up to the challenge.

Christabel and Samuel Wagner's lighting installation “Structural Circumstances E.G. 2” is, in many ways, a centerpiece of the festival, and it's clearly new.

But there's more. Here are a few other new things to look for.

Sign Your Art (is back)

Back after a year off, this community art project puts Arts Fest patron-made art alongside that of local artists in a community installation. Stop by the Sign Your Art tent next to the Cultural Arts Center and express yourself on one of the tiles. About 300 of those made during the festival will become part of the installation, along with that of 64 featured artists, to be placed around town in such a way as to spell out “ART” on Google Maps.

Sliders with the Symphony

Nothing screams classical music-appropriate-cuisine quite like White Castle. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra will perform at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 11, on the Main Stage, and White Castle will be on hand serving sliders. Two Columbus institutions, I guess, brought together by a third.

Hopper Carts

This relatively new, eco-friendly transportation service is partnering with the festival to provide free rides to and from designated drop-off and pick-up sites all weekend long. You won't need the app for the Arts Fest service (courtesy electric carts), but you will for its ongoing “free, on-demand, eco-friendly rides to your favorite local places,” per the company's website. Branding, advertising and marketing work together to keep the ride service free.

CCAD stuff

Students from CCAD are all over this year's festival. The cool new T-shirt designs? CCAD students. That big shady thing near the Dance & Theater stage? CCAD students. Stand under it and get shaded, because sure, you can look at it, but it's also meant to provide shade.