ArtFest gets $5,000 city parks grant

The sixth annual ArtFest celebration has received a $5,000 grant through the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department.

The money will be used to fund a wide variety of musical performances, including a concert by the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, during the late summer event, organizer Bob Anderson told the parks board Thursday.

The board’s decision to fund the grant was unanimous.   

ArtFest, which features the work of more than 90 artists and artisans in the area of Fourth and Washington streets, is scheduled for Sept 12-13. 

The ultimate goal of the annual event is to pay for a cooperative arts gallery in the downtown area, Anderson said.   

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.