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The Columbus Arts Festival Celebrates Change and Partnership

May 30, 2019 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

As this post goes live, the Greater Columbus Arts Council staff, Columbus Arts Festival committee volunteers and I are busily preparing to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to the downtown Columbus riverfront for the Columbus Arts Festival, presented by…

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The Cultural Fabric of US

March 20, 2019 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

I continue to be inspired by the cultural fabric of our community. Every city strives to attract businesses, new residents, and visitors of all ages to their city. How we do that in Columbus is the secret in the sauce….

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Franklinton’s devastating 1913 flood inspires original, collaborative opera production

February 6, 2019 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

One constant in the history of humanity is our need to share our stories. Whether through oral traditions handed down from generation to generation, hieroglyphics on tomb walls, meticulously hand-painted vellum or podcasts, we share our stories, and through them…

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How Does Art Inspire Your Heart?

January 30, 2019 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

January 31 is National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. It is a day to pause and reflect how art touches your heart—how it can move us to tears, cause us to bust out laughing, make us think, broaden our perspective…

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City Council developed a fair and equitable plan to stabilize arts funding in Columbus

December 4, 2018 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

Last week Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin unveiled a bold and forward-thinking plan providing revisions to the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s ticket fee proposal. I am immensely grateful to City Council for demonstrating their belief that public funding for…

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Stabilizing public funding for the arts = most important work of my career

November 20, 2018 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to be part of collaborative efforts to develop public policy  aimed at improving the quality of life for a specific stakeholder group locally, across the state and even nationally. But helping lead the endeavor…

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Columbus Open Studio & Stage

September 10, 2018 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

At the end of this month, more than 30 Columbus artists will open their studios to the public for an exciting weekend of tours and demonstrations. We’re all familiar with the final product of art — a painting, a book,…

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The Arts Festival is Here!

June 4, 2018 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

One of our biggest weeks is here: the week of the Columbus Arts Festival. Thousands of hours of work by hundreds of people results in a memorable weekend of art, music, craft, food and family activities on the downtown riverfront….

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Columbus Arts Organizations Engage in Some Unexpected Places

March 7, 2018 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

I consider myself well informed about what our arts and cultural nonprofits are doing for the community, but even I was pleasantly surprised when I had the opportunity recently to read some more in-depth accounts of our cultural organizations’ access…

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Reflections on the 2017 Community Arts Partnership Awards

November 2, 2017 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

One week ago today we hosted our annual Community Arts Partnership Awards and it’s still on my mind. During one luncheon I am reminded of everything I love about the Columbus arts community—the artists, the sense of family, the provocateurs…

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