Uptown Westerville won't be left out of the city's Year of the Arts activities.

Uptown Westerville won't be left out of the city's Year of the Arts activities.

In recognition of the 2013 designation, which led to the planning of several art-related community events, the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association has worked with the Year of the Arts organizing committee to create Rock the 'Ville.

The Uptown festival, which will features all things related to the arts, will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 10.

Unlike other Uptown events, Rock the 'Ville will focus solely on putting artists and their work in the spotlight.

"It's only going to be art and music on the streets," Westerville Uptown Merchants Association President Debbie Bennati said.

There will be three local bands on a main stage in front of the Westerville Municipal Building, 21 S. State St., plus a youth stage to feature local young talent.

Dancers, including students from Generations Performing Arts Center, Straub Dance Center and Leap of Faith Dance Company, will perform throughout Uptown.

Sculptors will practice their craft in the parking lot of Union Savings Bank, 44 S. State St.

Professional artists, as well as families, are invited to decorate a square of Uptown's sidewalks with chalk.

Families will be charged $10 a square, and a 24-piece chalk set will be provided, while artists will receive a $50 stipend and be eligible for prizes.

Registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 5.

Uptown businesses also have joined the event by inviting local artists, from spoken-word performers to painters, to share their crafts in their stores and by organizing hands-on arts activities for children.

"Several of the stores will have different things," Bennati said.

Artists still are invited to join in the Rock the 'Ville experience, Bennati said.

"Things are being added all the time," Bennati said.

For any artist who would like to participate, "we can find a spot for them to do their art," she said.

A Year of the Arts event was a natural fit for Uptown, Bennati said, because so many stores focus on the arts and highlight local artists.

"Uptown is very artsy," she said.

Those working behind the scenes have said it's been exciting to organize the event because it will involve artists of all ages, from the youth performers to a group of residents from the Westerville Senior Center who have volunteered to showcase their rock sculptures, as well as a variety of the arts.

"It's cool because we have the young to the old," Bennati said.

Anyone who is interested in participating in Rock the 'Ville may call Bennati at 614-599-0308.