We look forward to welcoming everyone for the 52nd Festival of the Arts July 12-15, 2018. Children and Youth Day will be July 11. Save the date(s)!

Festival Banner (the Arts Festival Blog)

  • An Idea for Our Changing Downtown

    An Idea for Our Changing Downtown

    January 30, 2018

    Change has always been the order of the day in State College, but it seems as if our downtown is changing even faster than usual. The Fraser Center is finally complete and open for business. One mega-sized student-centric building, The Metropolitan, is complete and filled with Penn Staters. Two other large projects are under construction, … Read More

  • The Art of Protest Exhibition

    The Art of Protest Exhibition

    December 15, 2017

    Protests have been part of our nation’s fabric since before the United States was a nation. Quakers in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood protested against slavery in 1688. The Boston Tea Party was a protest against a tax on tea in 1773.  In 1848, women gathered in upstate New York for the Seneca Falls Convention to protest against … Read More

  • My Festival Surprise

    My Festival Surprise

    October 6, 2017

    I’ve been involved with the Arts Festival since the early 1980s. As old as it makes me sound, if it’s happened at the Festival, I’ve probably seen or heard it. Consequently, I don’t surprise easily. It takes a lot for a Sidewalk Sale artist to surprise me. For better or worse, I take our artists’ … Read More

  • Rick’s Top Picks for This Year’s Festival

    Rick’s Top Picks for This Year’s Festival

    July 8, 2017

    A few years ago, I started making a list of my “top picks” to help give the Festival’s board members some ideas of the events they shouldn’t miss (including official functions they were expected to attend). One board member asked if I could do a version without the official functions so she could share the … Read More

  • Festival Shirts: The Inside Story

    Festival Shirts: The Inside Story

    July 3, 2017

    I often say that the most difficult thing about producing the Central Pennsylvania of the Arts is paying for it. We’re a free party! I think we provide more free entertainment than anyone in the Centre Region—we present four full days of free music on three outdoor stages, in addition to smaller acts along the … Read More

  • Festival Posters Tell Stories Too

    Festival Posters Tell Stories Too

    June 9, 2017

    Our annual poster is a Festival tradition. Year in and year out since 1974, we’ve issued a poster to promote the Festival. In a feat that’s unique among art festivals, one designer, Lanny Sommese, has designed all of our posters. It’s a remarkable body of work, and it reflects only a small portion of Lanny’s … Read More

  • Linda and Blake Gall Endowment Challenge

    Linda and Blake Gall Endowment Challenge

    April 21, 2017

    Looking back on the thirty-plus years since she and her young family moved to State College from Manhattan, Linda Gall measures the passage of time alongside her Arts Festival experiences. Her girls were just toddlers when her neighbor Renee Marks invited her to first volunteer with the Festival. The people that she met, from the … Read More

  • Capturing College Avenue

    Capturing College Avenue

    April 5, 2017

    A section of Chuck Fong’s College Avenue photo mural As we planned the 50th Arts Festival last year, I wanted to mark the occasion in a permanent way. Festivals are impermanent, and although they provide audiences with great experiences, they usually don’t leave much behind. Fifty years of festivals demanded … Read More

  • Announcing Images 2017

    Announcing Images 2017

    February 28, 2017

    Although the Festival is still months away, there is no time like the present to think about entering Images 2017, our juried gallery exhibition. Images 2017 will hang in in the Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery and Downsbrough Room of the Schlow Centre Region Library during the month of July. The library is in the heart … Read More

  • Follow the Clues to the Fugitive

    Follow the Clues to the Fugitive

    November 10, 2016

    A couple of weeks ago, I had a call from our sales rep from 3WZ radio, Cathy Brown, asking me if I would be the station’s fugitive in a contest the station was holding. I wasn’t to be a real fugitive, on the run from the law. Instead, she explained that the station would give … Read More

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