Our History

Arts On The Creek started as the first and became the largest arts festival in Johns Creek, Ga. Its mission is simple: Support arts produced in and around Johns Creek, provide the community with a venue to see, watch and enjoy the arts and to have an annual meeting place for city and area residents.

The 2007 Johns Creek International Music & Arts Festival festival was the brainchild of the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce Arts & Culture Committee, which included founders Ron Cioffi (chair), Edouard Charles, Noelle Simon, Tina Sadler and Lisa Keith. Supported by President Geoff Berlin, the event enjoyed two beautiful days during its run at Johns Creek Christian Church. The first annual festival attracted food, beverages and other attractions of an international flavor to our city.

Beginning in 2008 the festival started new traditions: a new name and logo designed by Cioffi with the painting and design of Anne Marie Noyman and a new schedule running on Labor Day Weekend. After one year at the Johns Creek Methodist Church, AOTC has settled in at Perimeter Church, the most visible location in the city. Under the leadership of Chamber President Doug Russ, a hard-working committee of volunteers and staff work throughout the year to improve and grow the festival. Fifth Third Bank signed on to be our presenting sponsor and has continued with this generous support.

In 2009 the festival's Juried Exhibition Art show was hosted offsite at the Johns Creek Arts Center. We also began a welcomed and productive partnership with the City of Johns Creek.

AOTC co-hosted the 2012 Johns Creek Arts Festival with the City of Johns Creek, coordinated by Splash Festivals. In 2013 we continued to participate in the Johns Creek Arts Festival, hosting the High School Art Exhibition -- with artwork by students of Centennial, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek and Northview High Schools) and a participatory children's art booth.

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Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2-4

The tradition of Arts On The Creek presented by Fifth Third Bank on the front lawn of the Perimeter Church and in the Johns Creek Arts Center continued. We introduced a new component: art performances, demonstrations, workshops and other arts events hosted by the Arts Alliance at Johns Creek. The six components of the AAAJC greatly expanded the participatory and hands-on creativity during the festival. Wayne Baughman, musical director and conductor of the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, presented two sessions of Meet the Maestro! We notably expanded our social media presence that included People\\\'s Choice Awards in four categories voted upon by QR codes and paper ballots. The festival greatly expanded its program, making it a multiple-page color book. The show ran the entire month of September. The City of Johns Creek continued to be a major sponsor. Robin Buckley joined the festival as Artists\\\' Market deputy team leader and Jennifer Chapman of the City of Johns Creek served as our graphic designer.

Photos by Tripod Photography

Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-5

Another year of phenomenal growth with 20,000 attending two glorious days. We moved to the front lawn of Perimeter Church alongside the well-traveled Medlock Bridge Road/Rt. 141. Our Juried Art Exhibition was hosted by the Johns Creek Arts Center and moved to their nearby location. The show ran the entire month of September. The City of Johns Creek became a major sponsor and their support helped dramatically increase our publicity and advertising, spurring a huge increase in attendance. Karen Richardson headed up our Volunteer team. Maria Rose of the Chamber, Gail Hisle of the JCAC and Bethany Lavigno of the City joined the committee along with Stephen Vorbeck coordinating food vendors.

Photos by Tripod Photography

Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6

Our biggest and most successful year ever, Arts On The Creek attracted upwards of 10,000 delighted attendees. With our first of what we hope will be many years to come at Perimeter Church, the festival showcased a fantastic array of arts and culture. More than 50 artists in our Artists\\\' Market, 18 Platinum Sponsors, 15 Gold Sponsors, nine food vendors and 22 business vendors made this year\\\'s festival the largest Johns Creek has ever seen.

We welcomed out first name sponsor – Fifth Third Bank. Other innovations included 3x10-foot hanging banners on Medlock Bridge Road, Saturday night move Night At The Museum 2, a BMW raffle, silent auction, Children\\\'s Town stage and our very own t-shirts and bottled water.

New volunteers included Scott Kallish, Sponsors & Vendors; Lyman Louis, Entertainment & Operations, and Cherie Heringer of Perimeter Church. JC Chamber President Doug Russ headed our leadership group.

Photos by Tripod Photography


Labor Day Weekend, August 29-31

2008 was our second year and showed the real potential of Arts On The Creek. Hosted by the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, the great location attracted almost 2,500 attendees.

Music, theater and other entertainment drew record crowds. Families enjoyed a large selection of children’s games. For the first time, we had a vibrant Artists’ Market with a wide variety of creative energy to compliment our Exhibition Art gallery. We have a great response from dozens of local businesses as who set up booths to showcase the great diversity of Johns Creek commerce.

Karen Cohen joined the volunteers and headed up the Artists\' Market.

Photos by Ron Cioffi/KRC Communications


September 21-22

Originally named the Johns Creek International Music & Arts Festival, our ignaural festival established the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce as the only organization ready to make a statement about art in our new city. The Atlanta Chinese Dancers were among the highlights at the Johns Creek Christian Church in late September. Founders were chair Ron Cioffi, Edouard Charles, Noelle Simon, Tina Sadler and Lisa Keith.

Photos by Ron Cioffi/KRC Communications

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