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Local artist paints YSU rock as traditional start to Summer Festival of the Arts

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The rock outside Kilcawley Center on Youngstown State University’s campus has been painted once again to celebrate a summer tradition.

The Summer Festival of the Arts is normally held on campus each year, but after a year off due to COVID-19, this year it’s being held at Wean Park, between the Covelli Centre and the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre.

YSU rock by Bob Barko, Jr.
Credit: Bob Barko, Jr.

The rock is being painted by Bob Barko, Jr. of Steel Town Studio. It’s a tradition before each festival.

This year, the festival will be going on the same weekend as the Wine and Jazz Festival at the Amphitheatre and the Saint Nicholas Greek Fest.

The YSU Arts Festival is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

YSU rock by Bob Barko, Jr.
Credit: Bob Barko, Jr.

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