meet me at the festival

2017LDAFlogo_4cZAPPThe annual Labor Day Arts Festival celebrates 50 years of creativity and will be held on Monday, September 4, 2017.  Hosted by the City of Upper Arlington, the Festival draws over 25,000 people each year and is the City’s signature event.  Located in the beautiful neighborhood setting of Northam Park, the Festival showcases the works of local, regional, and national artists working in a variety of media.  A variety of activities add to the Festival’s success as a family-oriented event: an Entertainment Stage with local performers playing all day, an Art Activities Area with performances and arts/crafts activities for children and adults and a variety of refreshment booths.  Nearly 200 volunteers make this community event possible.  Be a part of an event 50 years in the making; plan your visit here


outside the box

UtilityboxwebimageAll over the world artists and neighborhoods have been wrapping utility boxes in an effort to reduce graffiti and beautify their communities. Upper Arlington is taking part in this artful encounter with Outside the Box. We are thrilled to announce that Outside the Box will include the work of 10 juried artists and will be located on utility boxes on Tremont Road, Lane Avenue, Arlington Avenue and Northwest Blvd. View the original artwork in an Arlington Hall Gallery show in July and August at our Municipal Services, and check out the decorated utility boxes around UA:  Susie Jordan (5 points), Jeanie Auseon (Tremont/Milden), Pam O’Loughlin (Tremont/Zollinger), Janis Mars Wunderlich (Northwest/Kingsdale), Nadine Block (Tremont/Ridgeview), Laine Bachman (Tremont/Farleigh), Michael Kaiser (Tremont/Northam), Caroline Chidester (Lane/Northwest), Duncan Snyder (Lane/ Wellesley) and Stephanie Rond (Lane/ North Star). This project was made possible through a grant from the Sharon and Don Cook Fund at The Upper Arlington Community Foundation.

2017 Music in the Parks

Bring your chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy some great music this year with our Music in the Parks.  Most concerts are held at the Amelita Mirolo Barn in the Sunny 95 Park, and this year we’ll offer two concerts on the green at Kingsdale.  All concerts start at 7 pm, and are free of charge though a donation is appreciated for future programming.  Want to learn more about the bands? Just click on their name in the  list below to get a preview.

So get out those summer calendars and add these to your lineup:

June 1:  Conspiracy

June 8: Agent 99

June 15: Reaganomics

June 16: Floorwalkers (on the green at Kingsdale)

June 22: Rick Brunetto Big Band

June 29: Blair Crimmins and the Hookers

July 6: Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons

July 7: The Buzzard Kings (on the green at Kingsdale)

July 13:  Camp Rock

July 20: Jazz in July with Columbus Jazz Orchestra

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.