• Schedule of Events and Map

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  • Information and schedule of activities from One World Flower Fest 2018

    FREE activities for the whole family in the Oneida Square arts and business district!

    Times and locations will be filled in as our planning comes together!



    - in Dunkin Donuts Parking Lot

    Build-A-Button Workshop
    Community Flower Construction
    Compassion Coalition Snack Shack
    R2G Information Booth
    R2G Green Tapestry Park

    • Live art mural and artists working throughout the neighborhood
    • Sidewalk chalk contest
    • Artisans Marketplace in Kopernik Park featuring some of your favorite local artists
    • A very cool vegetable flower live sculpture on MWPAI's yard that we'll be getting drone footage of, compliments of Ryan Miller of the thINCubator

    • An art display by students at Albany School in Utica, The Kelberman Center, The House of the Good Shepherd and Utica Children's Museum

    • UCP's Pieces of the Heart Art Program show, 2nd floor at the Utica Public Library

    • Other art throughout the area!


    Jennifer Major
    Theresa Augustine
    Chelsea Sereno
    Jessica Poczatek
    Benny Garden
    Abigail Hight

    Eric Cleveland

    Alexa Cripps
    Prudence Haze

    Tino Lopez
    Kate McElhinney

    Jodi Richard
    Rotary Club of Sauquoit
    Tony Thompson

    Tom Sblendorio
    Hannah Terenzetti
    Marc-Anthony Polizzi
    George Hendrickson


    MUSIC - at the Band Shell by Palermo Pizza
    • Amos Donnell - 11am

    • Zz - 12pm

    • Jerry Dee and the Dovetones, 1pm and 2pm

    • Live remote by Anthony "Zee" Donaldson of the Disruption Networks

    • FREE walk-in Hip Hop dance classes at Utica Dance:

    - 6-11 years old, 11am

    - Ages 12+, 11:45am

    • Dance demos at Utica Dance
    • Dance performances and surprises from Dance with Utica
    • Dance by Karen hip hop group TOXIK and dancers from the Midtown Utica Community Center

    • Ritmo Carribeno dancers at 11:45am at the Band Shell at Palermo Pizza


    • Flower pot painting
    • Fruit and veggie stamp art

    • 11am – Animals from the Utica Zoo at the Utica Public Library

    • 11am – Bubble Painting - STEAMworks Ability Lab at 500 Plant Street
    • 12pm – Pendulum Painting - STEAMworks Ability Lab at 500 Plant Street

    • 11am - 3pm – Face Painting at Players of Utica



    Take part in a cool collaborative flower project where YOU become the flower!
    Meet at MWPAI in front of Fountain Elms at 12:45pm for instructions. Drone footage will be captured of this unique project.


    • FREE Mother's Day Photo Booth in Kopernik Park from 12-2pm

    • Salon One will help you get ready for your photos!

    • Steamworks Ability Lab maker space in Cornerstone Church

    • Oneida Square Public Art & Design

    • Players of Utica, 1018 State Street – Improv Classes on the 1/2 hour, face painting and more


    • With Dented Bumper Yoga at 10am before the festival starts, in front of MWPAI


    11am-3pm by Fountain Elms

    Boilermaker Urban Garden - Seed starting station
    Utica Greens Garden Coalition- Container Garden Demo
    Unity South Urban Garden- Handing out seedlings
    Homeownership Center- See bomb-making station
    Oneida County Solid Waste Authority- Composting and Recycling examples/info
    Mohawk Valley Community Action Network- Make a Sun Catcher
    Citizen Action Network
    Parkway Center

    Arcadia Power


    11am - 3pm at Kopernik Park


    4 Elements Studio
    ACRE Handmade Crochet Accessories
    BB Designs/Utica Love
    Eric Cleveland
    Cami’s Dreamland
    Works by Jim Dieffenbacher
    Earthy Jewels
    Fiery Hill Labyrinth Center LLC
    Scot Foley
    Perfect Love 444
    Piacentino Farms / Yuna’s Cookies
    Salon One
    Lisa Sipp-Vallee
    Susan’s Silks



    • A history talk of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument - 11:45am



    • A flower-based tour of Fountain Elms - meet at the front at 1pm

    • Jane Jacobs walks to explore Oneida Square and learn about history, architecture and more! Meet at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument - tours at 2pm and 2:15pm



    • Coming soon!



    A Pop Up Art Show at Tiny's Grill on State Street, starting at 3:00pm

    At The Tramontane Cafe (1105 Lincoln Avenue)

    Floral Themed Coffee Sleeve Art, 12-3pm
    Roses are Red Violets are Blue Poetry Afternoon, 3-6pm
    The Kaleidoscope Garden Drag Show, 6-9pm


    Character Coffee in Downtown

    171 Genesee Street • open 10am-3pm
    $1 from every Honey Lavender Latte purchased on May 12 will benefit One World Flower Festival!


    Players of Utica (1018 State Street)

    From 11am - 3pm:
    Improvisation Classes on the ½ half hour
    Kid’s Mask Coloring/Decorating
    Face Painting
    Theater Tours/Open House Refreshments
    Tiffany Lamp Raffle
    Showcase of Upcoming Musical 110 in the Shade







    Music! Dance!
    Performance venues

    Enjoy the delicious food around Oneida Square!

    Look for food specials at all the restaurants in the square: Palermo's Pizzeria, Mi Casa, and Joel's Spanish Food. Take a walk to Swifty's, Tiny's, Ancora or the Tramontane Cafe.

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    Get ready for a great neighborhood event!

    The 4th Annual Rust to Green One World Flower Fest (OWFF) District will once again bring people, creativity, beauty, character and positive energy to Oneida Square on May 12, 2018, 11am-3pm – Mother’s Day weekend. The event is made possible by a consortium of local businesses, organizations and neighbors working together.


    This year, Utica Love is coordinating the festival and hoping to grow its success by engaging the ideas and contributions of an ever-enlarging set of spirited people and groups from throughout the neighborhood and city. At its core, the One World Flower Festival is a creative placemaking event celebrating flowers, mothers, Mother’s Day and the ‘One World’ diversity of Utica arts, culture and community. As a welcoming and celebratory outdoor event, free to all, the festival is contributing to Oneida Square’s revitalization by attracting more activity, users, and investment to this vital center of downtown neighborhood life, arts and culture. Above all, by bringing beauty, creativity, music and performances – love– to Oneida Square, the OWFF is playing its part in making the Square a more vibrant and attractive place to shop, meet friends and call home.



    Festival goals:

    • Transform the Square, making it a beautiful physical environment and lively social space 
    • Encourage people to linger in the Square
    • Bring patrons to local businesses
    • Let there be music, dance, and art—everywhere!
    • Invite all generations to the Square
    • Whet an appetite for permanent art
    • Inspire neighborhood pride
    • Give everyone something to take home
    • Have fun and create a 'buzz'
    • Build momentum for doing it again next year!
  • 2018 Sponsors


    Bank of Utica

    Hage & Hage Law and Consulting

    The Scene

    Mix 102.5

    BB Designs



    Disruption Network


    Broadway Theater League
    Oneida Square Market, Inc.
    Steamworks Ability Lab
    Tailor & the Cook



    Priceless Inspections, LLC

    Salon One
    Sparagna Serve-All Co.
    Vintage Furnishings
    Palermo Pizzeria
    HomeOwnership Center
    Daniele’s at Valley View

    Swifty’s Restaurant & Pub

    Anthony Perretta
    Holland Farms
    Puff ‘N Stuff
    Big Blue North



    Casa Imports

    Gigliotti's Driving School

    Mi Casa
    The Tramontane Cafe


    Chalk Art Prize Sponsors





  • 2018 One World Flower Fest Committee

    Flower Fest Committee Hard at Work!

    Committee meeting at thINCubator, April 2, 2018

  • Look what we created together! Thank you!

    2018 Planning Committee:


    Chair: Angela Johnson, BB Designs and Utica Love


    Joe Caruso

    Derek Crossman
    Rachel Daughtry

    Jerry Dischiavo

    Anthony "Zee" Donaldson

    Katie Giacovelli

    Rebecca Spataro Kearns

    Richelle Maki

    Gabriella "Gia" Marchesani

    Cathy Marsh

    Gina Murtagh
    Diane Shoemaker
    Alex Samorary
    Michelle Truett
    Caroline Williams


    2018 Partners


    Compassion Coalition

    Disruption Network

    HomeOwnership Center

    The Kelberman Center

    The House of the Good Shepherd

    Midtown Utica Community Center

    The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees

    City of Utica

    Dance with Utica

    Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute


    Salon One

    Albany Elementary School

    Cornerstone Community Church

    Dented Bumper Yoga

    Hart Park

    Utica Children's Museum/Kids Oneida


    Jerry Dischiavo, owner of Vintage Furnishings

    Meet Jerry Dischiavo - One World Flower Fest committee member, and owner of Vintage Furnishings, (337 Genesee Street). The store, "a finely curated antique and furniture store" since 1981, is a trip through at least a century of Americana, while specializing in 1940s mahogany bedroom and dining room sets.

    Jerry is an Oneida Square business person, squared (OSqB2) because his store opens on both Genesee Street and Park Avenue. He is a veritable fountain of history about Utica. (Photo & article by Joseph P. Caruso)

  • Festival Map

    Below is a map of festival event locations for 2016. Everything is in walking distance. There is plenty of street parking and a parking lot behind the public library on Park Avenue. Check the Activities section above for what will be happening where.

    Locations on the map
    1. Monument @ Oneida Square

    2. Plant Street (first block closed)

    3. Palermo's park (mural painting, etc.)

    4. Vintage Furnishings

    5. Kopernik Park

    6. Eagle St. N / S (block closed)

    7. DeSales Center lot / sidewalk

    8. Utica Public Library front / back

    9. Unity Garden South and Gazebo

    10. D&O Print Solutions, 287 Genesee Street

    11. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and Fountain Elms

    12. Utica Dance

  • Have an idea? Want to get involved? Let us know!

    We are always looking for interested artists, local organizations, and community members to join in creating of the festival.

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  • Resources

    We've found inspiration in these documents, pictures, and videos—we hope you will, too!

  • Here's a look at 2015's One World Flower Fest from prep to finish.