Students sticking around Eugene this summer can look forward to a brand new way to express their creativity. Throughout the month of August, Create! Eugene, a workshop-driven celebration of the arts, will showcase exhibitions and demonstrations in its inaugural attempt to get creative juices flowing.

The festival, hosted by the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene, will run throughout the month of August, during which time 100 different public workshops, exhibitions and competitions will be hosted at locations throughout the city. Workshops range in variety from hours to days long, free to $500, felting to watercolor painting and will be offered to locals or tourists just passing through.

Brent Hanifl, the Create! Eugene coordinator, hopes that the event will facilitate new opportunities for entrepreneurial artists and distinguish Eugene as an art-tourism destination.

“Getting people to come to Eugene and interact with the art community is a great opportunity,” Hanifl said. “We really wanted to brand Eugene as a creative tourism destination.”

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