Paint Your World

Explore Creativity at the Fifth Annual Hyattsville Arts Festival September 22

By Annamarya Scaccia

artA life without creativity is a life of dullness.

Whether you’re the creator or the observer, creativity is necessary for a fulfilling life. It allows us to explore the depths of our spirit and intellect. It allows us to express our deepest emotions without the burden of words. It allows us to reach a higher level than our corporeal selves.

And there’s no better way to elevate than by wandering Hyattsville’s streets during the city’s Fifth Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival. The free, annual event takes place Saturday, September 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be held along Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) and Jefferson Street near the Shoppes at Arts District Hyattsville.

Presented by the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, the fifth annual festival will feature an electrifying and eclectic mix of over 50 local performing and visual artists, educators and designers along the streets of the city’s Arts District. Atomic Mosquitos, Cheick Hamala Diabate and Band, Ellen Cherry, Fujareh Band, Jayamangala, Matthew Mills, and Olu Yemisi and Company will provide the diverse musical and dance performances, which were organized by Riaz Zaman and managed by Joe’s Movement Emporium & World Arts Focus. Organizers expect 3,000 visitors at this year’s event (last year saw over 2,300 attendees).

From crafters, interior designers and jewelry makers to mixed media artists, printmakers and photographers, attendees can explore the streets for original artwork by talented Prince Georgians and D.C-area artisans. Be it duct tape artistry by Rachel Aughenbaugh, lamp work by Sue Page, or screen prints by Joseph Craig English, guests will have the chance to purchase unique pieces that will add depth to their home or office.

But the free festival is not just about visual and performing mastery. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discover the many shops, restaurants, suppliers and non-profits that make up the vibrant Arts District Hyattsville. Grab a cold beer from Franklin’s Restaurant & Brewery, chow down on artisan burgers at Elevation Burger, visit Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center’s Gallery 110, the Brentwood Arts Exchange and Gateway Arts Center’s many studios, or explore Mount Rainier Artists’ Lofts. Whatever you decide to do, your experience at the Fifth Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival is sure to be one-of-a-kind.

The fifth annual festival is sponsored by Arts District Hyattsville, StreetSense, Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, City of Hyattsville, Palette at Arts District, East City Art, ATHA Inc./Maryland Milestones, and ShelfGenie of Maryland.

For more information, visit

Fifth Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival

Saturday, September 22

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Shoppes at Arts District Hyattsville

5331 Baltimore Ave (Baltimore Ave. [Route 1] and Jefferson St.)

Hyattsville, MD 20781

Published on Prince George’s Suite – Monday, September 10, 2012

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