#ArtUnitesCbus – Public Art

#ArtUnitesCbusGreater Columbus Arts Council and CAPA Partner to Launch #ArtUnitesCbus

On June 1, 2020 the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) and CAPA partnered to launch #ArtUnitesCbus, an initiative to employ Columbus-based visual artists to paint murals on the plywood installed over the broken windows at the Ohio Theatre (39 East State Street) and Arts Council office (182 East Long Street).

The community response has been overwhelming positive and the Arts Council remains committed to helping businesses and individuals who want to donate support to this effort, artists who want to connect with businesses and businesses who want to employ artists to paint their storefronts.

“#ArtUnitesCbus is just one small way the arts community is trying to help. These murals are not the answer, simply a message that we ALL can, and must, help heal our community,” said Tom Katzenmeyer, President & CEO of the Arts Council. “I’d like to call on Columbus businesses with boarded storefronts to consider hiring artists to paint messages of healing and unity.”

For complete information on the project launch please read the press release.

Visit the Art Unites Cbus Microsite featuring mural images and quotes from artists.


Please visit our Make a Gift page and select “ArtUnitesCbus” to make your donation.

Paint/Supply Donations

Need or want to donate supplies for community Black Lives Matter or #ArtUnitesCbus murals?

Thanks to community artist & activist AJ Vanderelli, you can:


Learn more and add your name to our database for businesses.


Learn more and request access to our contact database of artists.

PLEASE NOTE: It is up to each business to reach out to the artists on the list and make arrangements for the work to be completed. All fee/commission negotiations, contracts, and other business matters shall be negotiated between individual artists and businesses without the involvement of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. The Arts Council is only serving as a referral organization and will not represent either party in these agreements. As always, we recommend that all artists seek payment for their services. 

When the Boards Come Down

We are listening. Our community wants to see a future life for the works of art created as part of #ArtUnitesCbus. Many would like to see the temporary murals displayed in an exhibition, permanently installed, and cataloged to honor the artists who have lifted up their voices. We are gathering ideas to share with the businesses and artists participating in #ArtUnitesCbus – please send your thoughts to ArtUnitesCbus@gcac.org.