CREATE! event on tap


The community is invited, at no cost, to join Boardman Arts Park for a collaborative art-making experience in which everyone will have the opportunity to create something that will live on at the park.

CREATE! A Community Art Making Event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the park, which is located at 154 W. William St. in Delaware.

Participants can anticipate working on several art projects, with guidance from skilled instructors, enjoying demonstrations of a wide variety of art making techniques, and participating in crafts that include take home art. This is a free, family-focused outdoor event.

Attendees can come anytime during the event period to capture and enjoy all the fun activities and demonstrations planned.

The collaborative art projects will include a large-scale paint by number led by Columbus artist Brooke Ripley; Karen

Weeks’ “Heritage Weaving,” weaving sections of the fence in patterns of color to represent Delaware’s indigenous people and early settlers; a glass mosaic wall under the guidance of Delaware’s accomplished artist and teacher Lynda Elias; and “Circle Painting,” an open-ended artistic collaboration using circle motifs, led by Buckeye Valley Local Schools art educator Robin Clay.

Demonstrations at CREATE! include “Paper Ghost Writing,” the lost art of ghost signature; batik painting; pottery throwing; caricature drawing; wood carving; Tai Chi; musical instrument exploration; blacksmithing; author Tracy Blom; belly dance; and other dance demonstrations. Additionally, there will be hands-on crafts, including rock garden design, spin art, beaded sun catchers, painting on a car and face painting.

“The Arts Park is bringing free community art making and exploration to Delaware through the generosity of grants from the Ohio Arts Council ArtStart and Finley’s Smile Foundation. Families are encouraged to join us for a fun-filled afternoon,” said Roxanne Amidon, irector of Boardman Arts Park. “If you will be attending, we ask that you let us know so we can better plan. You can RSVP by searching for ‘CREATE! A Community Art Making Event’ on or through the link at”

Food and drink from a selection of food trucks will be available for purchase at the event. In case of rain, the scheduled rain date is Sunday, Sept. 18. If the date is changed, an announcement will be made on Facebook and Instagram

Boardman Arts Park is a nonprofit funded by the Ohio Arts Council and through grants and community support. The CREATE! event is being funded by a $2,500 grant from the Finley’s Smith Foundation.

For details on projects and demonstrations to be featured at CREATE!, visit

In June 2021, the community was invited to Boardman Arts Park in Delaware to work on Project Freedom, an art installation created on a repurposed trampoline. June 2021, the community was invited to Boardman Arts Park in Delaware to work on Project Freedom, an art installation created on a repurposed trampoline. Courtesy photo
Community invited to help with art projects

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