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Thoughts on diversity, equity, justice and a citywide book club

December 3, 2020 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

The team at the Greater Columbus Arts Council is ending the year by joining Let’s Talk About Race: One Book, One Community, a citywide book club, to read STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi….

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Want change? Step one: vote

September 15, 2020 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

Are you registered to vote? Is your circle of friends and family registered to vote? Have you started making a voting plan? These are questions I find myself asking everyone I come into contact with these days. It’s important. I…

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Recording a moment within a movement

July 15, 2020 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer / Uncategorized

The Greater Columbus Arts Council has received dozens of messages related to the temporary murals painted on boarded up windows throughout the city. I’d like to give you an update on where things stand. These murals are messages of support…

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Black Lives Matter

June 3, 2020 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

Black Lives Matter. It is a straightforward statement that needs to be repeated, and mirrored with our actions. More than one-third of our nation does not feel safe or valued in their own country. I cannot begin to imagine the…

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2020—The year of doing things differently

May 21, 2020 / All Posts / Uncategorized

It probably goes without saying that this is a year of doing things differently. But what is worth discussing is HOW people and organizations are working differently, particularly when so many of our usual avenues of exchange—both social and economic—are…

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The Path Forward

April 28, 2020 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

Yesterday Gov. DeWine announced the timeline for the first business re-openings in Ohio. Sadly arts venues were not among them, but we expected that. And while retail will be allowed to reopen on May 12, restaurants and bars remain closed…

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Grateful to Columbus for being Columbus

April 20, 2020 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer / Uncategorized

I’ve been practicing gratefulness a lot more lately. It’s an interesting twist of human nature that we often struggle to truly appreciate and feel thankful for the good things in our life–until they are gone. But today I want to…

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Art heals and helps connect us all

April 7, 2020 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

“If during this time of social isolation; you read a book, listen to music, watch a film, get lost in a painting, please consider the work and the wage of an artist.” – COVID-19 Emergency Relief for Artists Fund Grant…

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A letter to the community about the Columbus Arts Festival

April 2, 2020 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

April 2, 2020 Dear Columbus Community The decision we share with you today is one of the single most difficult and heartbreaking we’ve ever had to make at the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Early this morning the Arts Council board…

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The people behind the numbers

March 31, 2020 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

We need data to make informed decisions, particular in times like the present… During this pandemic we need to listen to the people educated in the issue and follow their guidance. It’s incredibly hard when the data feels overwhelming and…

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