CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492
jgoldstein@gcac.org

May 18, 2010

TWEET AND GO SEEK COMES TO THE COLUMBUS ARTS FESTIVAL

Columbus, Ohio – The 2010 Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable will feature a fun, new social media marketing event through Twitter called #tweetandgoseek this June 4, 5 & 6.

#tweetandgoseek is a little like a scavenger hunt. Local artist and originator of the idea, Matthew Richard Barnes (aka misterbarnes) will create 150 4” x 4” collages containing a restaurant or Columbus Arts Festival food vendor gift certificate code, or other product offer on the back. Each piece of art will be hidden somewhere on site at the Festival. A picture of each collage and clues to its location are then sent out via @misterbarnes/@ColumbusTAGS account on Twitter and re-tweeted by the Columbus Arts Festival from @ColsArtsFest. The first person to find the art redeems the featured offer at the GCAC Information Booth on site at the Festival or at the restaurant or vendor presenting the offer.

Follow @misterbarnes or search #tweetandgoseek on Twitter to participate. Be sure to sign up early–the scavenger hunt will start on June 1 before the Festival with gift certificates for participating local restaurants hidden throughout downtown.

Participating restaurants, Festival vendors and sponsors to date include: Betty’s Family of Restaurants, Café Brioso, Luck Brothers Coffee, Lavash Café, City BBQ, Guiseppe’s Italian Ice, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Yummy! Asian Food, Southern Specialites, Wilcox Concessions, Fudha, Available Light Theatre and WOSU Media.

The Columbus Arts Festival is presented by Time Warner Cable. Additional sponsors include: American Electric Power, State Auto Insurance Companies, The Motorists Insurance Group, Giant Eagle and The Westin. Media sponsors are WOSU and alive! Additional media support provided by CD101, Classic Hits 103.9/WMNI, WCBE, WBNS 10TV and Ohio Magazine.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

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