Artists Rob Jones, left, and Dan Gerdeman chat with visiting families during the 2017 Urban Scrawl arts festival in Franklinton.

Art will be created in front of the public's eyes this weekend during Urban Scrawl.

Presented by the Franklinton Arts District, the 12th annual Scrawl invites the community to watch as 59 Ohio artists — selected by a jury from among 120 applicants — create murals during two days.

Spectators can vote on their favorite work in one of three award categories (people's choice). The other two categories are artists' choice and the Franklinton community choice (a new category in which organizations in the neighborhood send a representative to vote on the best mural.)

Some of the murals will be sold at next summer's annual Art for Franklinton fundraising auction to benefit Franklinton Arts District's George Bellows Grant Program. Other murals will be weather-sealed and mounted publicly throughout the neighborhood.

"Urban Scrawl is an event that has really defined the creative community in Franklinton for the past 12 years," said Adam Herman, president of the arts district. "It is well-loved by artists and the community because it always offers a new and interesting opportunity for people to directly engage in the arts and creative process."

But the creation of the murals isn't all that visitors can enjoy; the festival atmosphere includes plenty of attractions.

Here's what to expect:

‒ Live music: A dozen disc jockeys will perform sets throughout both days of Urban Scrawl.

Guests can get their grooves on from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday and again from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

A break-dancing battle will take place during the event, with the first round scheduled for 3:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Round two is at the same time Sunday, with the finals taking place from 5 to 6 p.m.

Children's activities: Youngsters can take on their own art projects at "Scrawl Junior."

A gated area behind the main lot is dedicated for kids to create crafts. Youngsters can use colored markers to make tie-dye coasters or create paintings using supplies and easels donated by Blick Art Materials.

Food and drinks: Scrawl is a great opportunity for foodies to taste local cuisine and sip on regional spirits.

Five food trucks will be parked nearby each day to offer fare ranging from coffee and burgers to tacos and Korean street food.

OH! Burgers, J-Pops Gourmet Ice Pops and Bottoms Up Coffee will be on-site both days.

Saturday's lineup includes Fetty's Street Food and Ajumama. On Sunday, Street Thyme and Sunnyside Tacos will be serving.

Land-Grant Brewing Co. of Franklinton and Rhinegeist Brewing of Cincinnati will provide craft beer on both days.

Ashley Baker, who is in charge of planning Urban Scrawl, praised the camaraderie the festival inspires.

"The energy from the crowd and the music can be inspiring." Baker said in an email. "It really gives the community a front-row seat to the artistic process."


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