Ogden Fe5tival awakens all five senses

Friday , August 07, 2015 - 8:18 AM

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FILE - Make A Wish Foundation Wish Granters Trevor Annis and Julia Saxton help sand the paint on a piano at Nurture the Creative Mind in Ogden.

By MEKENNA MALAN
Standard-Examiner staff

OGDEN — Sight, sound, smell, touch, taste — Nurture the Creative Mind aims to target all five senses at this year’s Fe5tival.

The festival, which is also a fundraiser for NCM, will be held Aug. 15 at the Ogden Amphitheater. It is open to all art lovers alike. Children 18 and under are able to attend for free, while adults pay an entry fee of $10.

“In past years, the anniversary party and fundraiser was usually just a dinner with some artists there,” said Jared Christensen of Elevated Communication and NCM Community Liaison Volunteer. “It’s slowly evolved into being a festival which is pretty large. The whole idea is sensory overload. That’s symbolized by the number five in the title.”

This is the second year the Fe5tival will be a large fundraising event, and the first year it will be held outdoors.

All five senses will be engaged between a dozen live musical and dance performances, live painting, sculpting, glass blowing, flower wreath making and more.

There will also be a live DJ, food vendors, and beverages for children and adults at the festival. There will be an afterparty at Brewskis for adult attendees.

Many of the live art pieces will go for auction upon completion, with all funds benefiting the Nurture the Creative Mind Foundation.

“One of the things people loved last year was getting in the mind of the artist,” Christensen said. “It was a whole new art experience watching the artist paint the piece live in front of me and being able to talk to them while they were painting.”

Venessa Gromek, the artist responsible for the Kiesel Avenue project, will be participating at the festival. Her installation art will make another appearance in Ogden as she plans to do a climbing rope art piece on the beams surrounding the amphitheatre.

“It’s really great to see the kids get involved in being creative at an early age,” Gromek said. “Nurture the Creative Mind is an organization that certainly does that, and I am excited to help them out any way I can.”

The Fe5tival is only one of many events and installations the Nurture the Creative Mind Foundation hosts in order to make Ogden a more beautiful and creative place. Focusing primarily on youth involvement, NCM is responsible for many interactive art pieces around the city, including the painted pianos on 25th Street and last year’s “No Regrets” box.

“Nurture the Creative Mind focuses on empowering youth and getting them involved in expressing themselves creatively at a young age,” Christensen said. “That way, they will be able to express themselves in a non-detrimental way later in life.”

More information on the Fe5tival can be found on its Facebook event page.

Contact reporter Mekenna Malan at 801-625-4280 or mmalan@standard.net. 

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