Festival hopes to establish “freedom through creativity’

Visitors to Fountain Square on Saturday, Aug. 7, will find an art-based fashion show – as well as live painting, spoken word poetry, music, and dance performances – during the inaugural edition of the Fountain Square Creative Arts Festival.

The free community event is the result of work of a collective group ofartist and entrepreneurs collaborating to build community and provide a platform for local talent and small businesses in Fountain Square. Organized by a group of volunteers, the festival aims to bring the neighborhood outside-in support of each other and to drive business to the area post-pandemic. The goal is to create a family-friendly environment to promote the different forms of creative art and help bring exposure to all artist within the community, organizers said.

The Fountain Square Plaza is the focal point of the event, which takes place from noon to 8 p.m.  

The event is centered around an art-based fashion show to begin at 6:45 p.m., featuring eight artists selected to bring their creative vision to the stage. One local fashion designer will be given the opportunity to dress celebrity model Tiffany Mitchell of the Indiana Fever. City Dogs Grocery a women-owned specialty grocery store, will host two dog adoptions in its parking lot as part of the event. Neighborhood businesses will offer event specials and discounts during the day to encourage attendees to explore restaurants, shops, and vendors.  The event will showcase throughout the day in the plaza.

Make-up artist and event founder Carrie Cosby, aka “The Glow Queen.” 

Members of Future Friends Holographic Magic Club will begin the second stage of repainting Fountain Square Graffiti Alley throughout the day. Their work will fill in the gap space between the murals already repainted on the K & S Holdings building in June.

A special performance from the well-known cast of Dreamgirls will spice up the day as the performers gear up for a September show at the Murat Theatre. Local band Sweet Poison Victim and DJ Metrognome will take over the plaza from 8 to 10 p.m. to end the night with music and an open dance party.

PHOTO ABOVE: The Fountain Square Plaza will host the Fountain Square Creative Arts Festival on Saturday, Aug. 7.