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AHA! CSU Hosts Arts and Humanities Festival

Immerse yourself in books, theater, music, art, dance and ideas at CSU’s inaugural Arts and Humanities Alive! (AHA!) Festival, taking place Wednesday through Friday, June 7-9.

The family-friendly festival offers something for everyone, including Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, a world premiere children’s theater production and internationally known artists. Events, many of them free of charge, will take place at the CSU campus, Playhouse Square and even Euclid Avenue, which will be closed to traffic between East 17th and 14th streets on Wednesday, June 7.

All events center around the theme “Storytelling: What Our Stories Tell Us About Ourselves.” The festival, the first of its kind in Ohio, is made possible through a generous gift from philanthropists Myra and Darwin Smith.

“The arts and humanities are a core component of a CSU education and key to developing critical thinkers and leaders,” notes President Ronald M. Berkman. “We are deeply grateful to Darwin and Myra Smith for sharing our vision of the AHA! Festival. While CSU has a proud tradition of presenting world-class arts productions through our unique partnership with Playhouse Square and Cleveland Play House, the AHA! Festival will bring all this and more directly to the community, showcasing our commitment to promoting arts and humanities as drivers of education, economic development and civic engagement.”

Registration is required for most AHA! events. The complete schedule and festival information can be found at


“We invite everyone down to the Festival to find their own AHA! moments: during a play, hearing an author, listening to music or watching bodies in motion. The arts and humanities teach us about who we are and bring out the best in us.”

AHA! Festival Director Katie Shames

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