FEDERAL FRENZY 2020 Call for Artists Application

Penguin Productions at Youngstown State University is planning for the music and arts festival, Federal Frenzy. In its SIXTH year, Federal Frenzy will take place on April 25, 2020 from 2:00 – 11:00 PM. The event takes over downtown on West Federal Street and Phelps Street, 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. 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 partnering with Bliss Kids Collective to coordinate an art gallery in one of our downtown venues. If you are an artist desiring to put your artistic abilities on display, follow the directions below!


PRIORITY Application Deadline for Artists: FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

OFFICIAL Application Deadline for Artists: TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.



Live Art

  • Artists intending to do live art must email an image (or images) of art already created to ysupenguinproductions@gmail.com with the subject line as Live Art: “ARTIST NAME” 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 in the gallery must contact our Activities Team Member, Destiny Magee at dlmagee@student.ysu.edu, who will provide you with the link for the application and additional details. Artists must follow the guidelines of the concept that Bliss Kids Collective has created for the art gallery.
  • The concept of the art gallery is all about size. The show will consist of small works of art, no larger than 12x12.


  • 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 6th will be notified by March 20th 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 25, 2020 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 Destiny Magee, Artist and Student Activities Coordinator via email at dlmagee@student.ysu.edu or call the Student Activities Office at (330) 941-3575.