Your Chance to Participate

Have you always wanted to share your art with the UA community?  Here’s your chance.  We currently have three opportunities that will give you a chance to pARTicipate:

Abandoned Art: started by artist Michael deMeng, this project began as a simple sketch on a napkin that was left behind for others to enjoy.   The idea is simple, create a piece of art and leaveit somewhere to be found and enjoyed by another.  The idea has gone global, and the Art Abandonment facebook page has grown to over 30,000 members who share their experiences for others to enjoy.

If you’re interested in participating with UA’s Art Abandonment project, Let us know by emailing and we’ll add you to our list of creative participants



Utility Box Covers: Artists and neighborhoods have been wrapping utility boxes with visual art in an effort to reduce graffiti and beautify the community. Our next Arts in Community Spaces project is placing art clings on utility boxes.  We recently improved a north/south connector in UA, Tremont Road, and are planning to enhance the 10 utility boxes along the road with art.  Invited artists will receive $100 for our use of their work in a cling.  Artists will retain the original work of art created for this endeavor.  Artists will retain the rights to the work created.

If you would like to apply to be part of this project, see the application below.  Applications must be received by April 28, selected artists will be notified in May, and artwork will be installed in July.  Email us at for an application or more information.


50 and Fabulous!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Labor Day Arts Festival in UA, a community event that LDAF 2016 50thann w FFcombines artists, performances, and activities for the whole family.  The first show was organized in 1966 and held in Miller Park, later moving to the Mallway. It eventually moved to the Municipal Services Center on Tremont Road and upon further expansion, moved from the Municipal Center to Northam Park in 1986.

To celebrate this 50th anniversary, we thought you might like to find out more about our annual tradition.  So we asked Lynette Santoro-Au, Arts Manager for the city of Upper Arlington, to give us some insight into how this festival has grown over the years and its impact on our community.

How did the Arts Festival get started?   The first show, held in 1966, was organized by local artist Don Dodrill and held in Miller Park. The popularity and success of the event has led to participation in recent years by some 200 artists, food vendors, and performers. Since 2002 we have been fortunate enough to have a coordinating committee who share their time, talents and treasure with us to help plan and run the festival each year. What many people may not know is that Festival is a juried event, meaning that the artist’s work is judged and prizes are awarded for top-rated work.

How does the UA community support this event?  Our greatest asset in UA is our creative economy and the artists who sustain it.  The community has embraced the Festival over the years by attending and supporting the artists that demonstrate, exhibit and perform on site as well as the variety of refreshment vendors who participate.  Since 2002 we have been fortunate enough to have a coordinating committee who share their time, talents and treasure with us to help plan and run the festival each year.  It is gratifying when we hear from patrons that they love Festival as much as we do and that they plan their holiday weekend around our event, making it a part of their traditions too.

What impact does the Festival have on our local economy?  Participating artists support businesses, often staying overnight at local hotels. We know that the event has an economic impact on our community through visits to local restaurants and businesses. We estimate 20,000 people attend Festival each year, and all those people have some impact on the local economy.  The Festival has gotten wonderful coverage over the years, including being listed as one of the top festivals in 2014.  This recognition shines a light on the community as a whole and helps us fulfill our mission of fostering and encouraging the development of the arts in our community.

What are some changes you’ve seen over the years?   Ten years ago we started offering an emerging artists program for anyone wanting to explore a career as an artist.  We reserve four booths for these participants, and many of them have gone on to become established artists at our event and others.  A few years ago, we brought in some food trucks and they’ve become a popular feature of the Festival.  We’re always looking for more ways to engage the community and offer activities that help everyone appreciate art in their lives.



Celebrating UA

This month, the Concourse Gallery is hosting artists that live and create right in our own 1artist combined imagecommunity.  Celebrating UA showcases various formats including ceramics, painting and photography.  The show runs July 1- August 19, with a reception for the artists and community on July 14 from 5-7  pm.  Stop in and meet some local artists and find out more about their work.

We asked participants to answer a few questions to help you get to know them better.  See some of their answers below:

  • What inspires you?
  • Describe your perfect day.
  • What was your most recent art experience?

Linda Langhorst

What inspires you? People doing things together. Dancing, making music, working.
Nature: the woods, the weeds, the water. I like to paint images that tell some kind of
story of relationship. People to people, people to music, people to place.

Describe your perfect day. I don’t have ONE perfect day. Hard work where something
productive gets done followed by some time to relax, sing, eat and celebrate with
people we love.  Or a day on the water, or in the woods and then a fresh cooked meal
and a good book. One whole day to clean my house while listening to the BLUES
turned up kind of loud. I could probably imagine 100 different perfect days. . .

What was your most recent art experience? We went to the Columbus Arts Festival to
photograph the festivities. Art, Music. People having fun.

Susie Jordan

What inspires you? My task is to start creating through application, technique, and
process; eventually getting out of the way for the real artist to show up. Inspiration
comes through me, not from me and I am grateful for its presence.

Describe your perfect day: The perfect day is waking up happy and staying in it
regardless of what else is going on.

What is your most recent art experience? Life is art which we experience in every
moment. It is a matter of choosing what color pallet to view from.

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With the weather getting warmer, the Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Commissioners invite you to come out and be pArt of the art in the community. We will be placing our UArthere pins around  Upper Arlington at some of our Art in Community Spaces and other artful spots. Follow UArthere on Twitter and Instagram, or check out our WordPress blog to find where they are. Find them and take some time to check out the art. Post a picture with #UArthere so we can share your post with our followers. Happy hunting!