Arts on the Riverwalk Brings the Best in Local Entertainment

When the Hoyt decided to take on the Arts on the Riverwalk festival in 2014, it was with the intent of contributing to the vitality of downtown while fulfilling its mission to expand and enrich the life of the community through participation in the arts. 

With four stages of entertainment, an artist’s market, free workshops, and tent full of make-and-take activities for all ages, the festival is certainly offering plenty of opportunities to participate as both a spectator and as an artist.

This year, Arts on the Riverwalk is introducing the People’s Choice awards, an opportunity for spectators to vote for their favorite visual and performing artist.  One prize will be awarded in each category September 9, the day of the festival.

The Local Art Competition takes place annually in The Confluence gallery.  While a panel of jurors is awarding 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, the public has the opportunity to cast a vote through Facebook by“liking” their favorite image. The winner will receive a cash prize. Voting opens September 4 and continues through the 9th. The winner with the most likes will be announced on The Confluence stage at 5:15 p.m.

Vocalists, dancers, musicians and actors will also be competing for People’s Choice on side stages throughout the festival area. Votes can be cast in each location throughout the day until 8 p.m.  Eligible groups include: Mandi's Dance Studio, Harmony Hot Haus, Wing & Prayer Pittsburgh Players, Renova Music Festival, Free Wheelin, TNT Acoustics, James Tobin, the SRU dance groups, Castle Country Cloggers, Katie Joy, New Castle Playhouse Mini Stars, New Castle Lyric Opera and Tone Float. The winner will receive a $500 check and be announced on the Main Stage at 9 pm. 

Other participants worth mentioning are The OH WOW! Children’s Science Center, Spiny from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 3-D chalk artist Darrean Brown and regional bands Coleville, Swear, The Reunion Band, and US4Now. 

Check out the full line-up here: 

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Follow us on social media for more updates on #AOR17 and be sure to check out the Arts on the Riverwalk Festival Saturday, September 9 from 3-9 p.m. in downtown New Castle!

Arts on the Riverwalk Festival Celebrates Region's Visual and Performing Arts

Arts on the Riverwalk is committed to its hometown, and this festival is a chance to highlight local talent while also supporting small businesses and the New Castle community. Please join us in our mission to expand and enrich the life of the community through participation in the arts.

Arts on the Riverwalk began as a collaborative element of the annual Fireworks Festival in partnership with the New Castle Tourist Promotion Agency. The past three years have been a success for AOR, which contributed street performers, art activities, exhibits and competitions to the food, fireworks and fun of the Fireworks Festival. This year, Arts on the Riverwalk is excited to continue that tradition while expanding its reach into the arts community of Lawrence County in its first year as an independent event. 

Taking place Saturday, September 9 from 3-9 p.m. in downtown New Castle, Arts on the Riverwalk will feature a packed itinerary of new attractions and events in addition to the old favorites AOR is known for.

This includes a stacked lineup of staged and street performances, interactive workshops to learn a new skill, art exhibits and "make and take" activities for all ages. Two new additions will debut this year: a Short Film & Video competition and a dance residency that incorporates all generations in an attempt to tell a collective New Castle tale. Another new element to this year's festival is the dedication of New Castle's first public art project, a mural in the Mercer Street parking garage stairwell that Pittsburgh artist Gregg Valley has been working on all summer.

As usual, Arts on the Riverwalk provides opportunities for local artists to gain recognition (and win prizes) through the annual Local Artist Competition, and submissions will be on display at The Confluence for visitors to view and vote. 

As if that weren't enough, we are also proud to announce our largest ever Artisan's Market, which will be open from 3-8 p.m. With a growing list of over 30 local artisans, crafters and vendors, the market offers visitors a chance to shop for anything from jewelry to pottery, handmade soaps and more, fitting any style or budget. Visitors can end the day's festivities with a performance by Coleville and Swear on the main stage at 8 p.m., followed by a fireworks show at 9 p.m.

Other fun #AOR17 attractions: 

Lori Brothers will be guiding a free BYOM (bring your own mat) yoga session on the Mill Street bridge at 3 p.m. for a fun way to sweat before enjoying the festival. After working up an appetite, visitors have options for refueling with over a dozen food trucks and concession stands ranging from unique to traditional, gourmet to fair favorites. And feel free to make it a family day with a full list of kid-friendly performances, activities and attractions.

Our list is growing every day, so follow us on social media to keep up-- and use #AOR17 join the conversation!