Visitor and Volunteer Information

Thanks to everyone who helped to make the Art on the Commons 30th Anniversary a success! Despite some mid-day showers, we had loads of happy artists and patrons on the commons in 2018. Congratulations to all our award winners (listed below) and we look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

Thank you for your interest in Art on the Commons! The festival takes place rain or shine. Stay up to date with the latest news by visiting our Facebook page, Play Kettering! Scroll down to find information on food, artists, getting there, tips for volunteers and more.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with Art on the Commons, view the volunteer information.

View the 2018 Art on the Commons Festival Guide!

2018 Entertainment

The WYSO Excursions Stage with Niki Dakota 

11am-12:00pm -  Zane Gerlach
12:30 – 1:30 pm - The Pullouts
2 – 3 pm - The Lovers
3:30 – 5 pm - Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band

2018 Artist Award Winners

Best of Show - Peggy Schuning (mixed media)
First Place - Janeth Hemmerling (Jewelry)
Second Place - Deborah Vivas (Jewelry)
Third Place - Emily Howard (Works on Paper)
Honorable Mention - Derrick Riley (works on paper)
Honorable Mention - Thomas Drummer (wood)
Best Presentation - David Brand and Sandra Picciano Brand
Featured Artist - Sharon Stolzenberger (Painting)
Local Artist - Dan Cleary (photo)
First -Time Participant - Gail Russel (ceramics)

Attending the Festival

flowersVisitors to Art on the Commons are reminded that the following items are not permitted:

Weapons, except as permitted by Ohio Revised Code, pets (except service animals), bikes/skateboards, glass/bottles/outside alcohol, fireworks, laser pointers, and umbrellas or any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate.

Check out this recent PlayKettering blog post on the many ways to enjoy the festival!

Parking is free and surrounds the Civic Commons. Guests may park at the City of Kettering Government Center, the parking lot of the businesses of 500-580 Lincoln Park Blvd, and Fairmont High School. Accessibility parking is available on Lincoln Park Boulevard West and on the west side of the Government Center lot.

Ride your bike to Art on the Commons! Bicycle parking is located by the information booth and concessions area, and representatives from Walk/Bike Kettering will be available to provide information about walking and bicycling in our city.

Rosewood Arts Centre presents Interactive Artmaking Activities, Kaleidoscope and the Rosewood Artist Booth! Families with littles are more than welcome at AOTC. There's even a selection of free activities just for you! Kids are welcome to make finger puppets, beaded jewelry and a community painting. The Kaleidoscope Art and Nature on Wheels program will roll in to share a fun art and nature activity! The talented Rosewood faculty will also be on hand to show off their skills at fiber arts, jewelry making, painting and drawing.

Participate in a scavenger hunt and vote for your favorite artwork! The winning artwork will receive the People's Choice Award presented by the Joan W. McCoy Memorial Art Fund.

The WYSO Excursions Stage with Niki Dakota
Bringing listeners eclectic sounds from around the world and from closer to home, WYSO especially loves to champion local artists and music that embodies the diversity of the Miami Valley. Rosewood Arts Centre and WYSO are delighted to showcase the uniqueness of Art on the Commons and of our local music heroes.

Please note the latest updates on Art on the Commons can be found on our Facebook page.


Civic Commons is located at 675 Lincoln Park Boulevard, just off Shroyer Road near the Kettering Government Center. The Civic Commons can be reached from either Stroop Road or Dorothy Lane. Free parking is available within walking distance.  Handicap parking is available on both the east and west bound lanes of Lincoln Park Boulevard.  For a map and detailed driving directions, please visit

Volunteers - Start here!

Thank you for volunteering with Art on the Commons. We appreciate your involvement and support – we truly couldn’t do it without you! If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer for Art on the Commons, please contact the City of Kettering’s volunteer office or visit the volunteer program page to learn more.

Please sign in for your shift at the Information Booth when you arrive. The Information Booth will be located on Lincoln Park Boulevard East at the entrance to the festival.

Don’t forget to wear your Art on the Commons T-shirt!

Any questions may be directed to Rosewood Arts Centre, 296-0294.

View our Volunteer Handbook.

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