FEDERAL FRENZY 2019 Call for Artists Application

Penguin Productions at Youngstown State University is working once again to plan and prepare the music and arts festival, Federal Frenzy. In its FIFTH year, Federal Frenzy will take place on April 27, 2019 from 2:00 – 11:00 PM. The event takes over the downtown streets of West Federal and Phelps in addition to various establishments. Outdoors, the committee strives to fill the streets with vendors, live artistry, interactive activities, and performances by regional and national acts. The various indoor venues feature live musical performances from YSU student, faculty, staff, and alumni acts as well as an art gallery featuring the art of the city and activities for attendees to engage in. The event is free and open to the public. With over 6,000 people in attendance last year, it has become a fundamental part of this community’s calendar and an amazing opportunity to connect with the people in our region.

Federal Frenzy seeks to highlight not only the musical abilities of our community, but the artistic abilities as well. If you would like your work to be on display, there are two ways you can go about doing so: Bring your supplies and creativity to the streets of Youngstown and create a masterpiece on site; or if you have a piece you would like to have on display, Penguin Productions is coordinating an art gallery in one of our downtown venues. From sculptures to films to urban poetry, all forms of art will be considered for inclusion in the event. If you are an artist desiring to put your artistic abilities on display, fill out the application below!


Priority Application Deadline for Artists: SUNDAY, APRIL 7th, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.



Live Art

  • Artists intending to do live art must upload an image (or images) of art already created as an indication of ability and what we might see in the streets at Federal Frenzy.

Art on Display

  • Artists intending to have their art on display must submit an image of the piece or a brief description of a piece to be created for the event. Note that if only a description of the artwork is provided, Penguin Productions reserves the right to deny any inappropriate piece approved for the event upon seeing the final product.

  • If you wish to submit more than 3 pieces for display, submit an application and forward the confirmation email you receive to Ahmed Elkhafif at awelkhafif@student.ysu.edu with the remaining images of your artwork attached. Make the subject: FF19 Art - Your Name – Additional


  • Penguin Productions aims to display a diverse array of artwork for FEDERAL FRENZY.

  • Locations of art for display and live creation are assigned by Penguin Productions and are non-negotiable.

  • Information submitted in the application will be final information used for the day of event.

  • Artists who submit their application by March 1st will be notified by March 15 regarding selection.

  • Specific details regarding next steps will be provided upon approval of your art for inclusion in the event.

  • Artists intending to have their art on display must present their art to the designated curator by the specified date.

  • Live artists must be on site one hour prior to the start of the event for set up (April 27, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.). Artists are permitted to create live art work for the duration of the event, however the recommended time frame is 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


  • Inclusion of artist name on online marketing to over 13,000 Youngstown State University students, the city of Youngstown population, and the Mahoning Valley.

  • Exposure to Youngstown State University and the greater Youngstown area community.

  • Opportunity to be involved in one of the major events hosted by Youngstown State University and the City of Youngstown. Previous event attendance has exceeded 6,000.

  • Assurance of professional and friendly staff.

If you have any questions, please contact Ahmed Elkhafif, Artist Coordinator via email at awelkhafif@student.ysu.edu or call the Student Activities Office at (330) 941-3575.