Kiwanis Youth Arts Village

Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2017 Activities

Along with annual favorites like tie-dying, hats, and construction kids, the art activities in the the Kiwanis Youth Arts Village included the following:


   Hundretwasser Haus, Vienna

Hundretwasser Haus, Vienna

Inspired by homes designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser kids will use circles and stripes in assorted colors to build their own houses.


   Alexander Calder Mobile

Alexander Calder Mobile

Kids will make their own mobiles with a circus theme using wire, wood, pipe cleaners,cardboard and colored paper.

Task ala Oliver Herring

    Oliver Herring TASK

Oliver Herring TASK

Kids pick one of many tasks along with what material is available - from assorted cardboard to duct tape - and create what their dreams can conjure. 


  C-3PO & R2-D2

C-3PO & R2-D2

Using all kinds of materials - from toilet paper tubes to assorted buttons - kids can make their own version of R2-D2 and C-3PO

Create a Sentence Machine


This hand made device allows kids to use their imagination with words and create a short sentence.

Youth Arts Annual TRADITIONS

Tie Dye

$5/shirt - This annual favorite gives our youngest attendees a chance to make their own unique Black Swamp Arts Festival Shirt! BSAF volunteers will be on hand to help participants with the tie-dye process and to achieve the desired design and color of their finished shirts. 

Construction kids

Working with BGSU Architecture and Construction Management students and the Wood Working Guild, kids will design and build their own wooden toy or artistic masterpiece! 

This is a very popular area with limited room. Please arrive to the site early to sign up for a time.  


A BSAF tradition. Decorate your own paper sun hat with markers, stickers, flowers, and whatever is around to make the most unique hat at the Festival! 

The Family Stage

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One of three live music stages at The Black Swamp Arts Festival, The Family Stage hosts shows for all ages featuring local acts, children's musicians, and family performances from some of our featured musicians. This year you will be able to catch Pokey LaForge, Barbara Bailey Hutchison, Mariachi Flor De Toloache, and many other family friendly musicians on this stage. 

See the schedule here