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Our New Fellowship Program Seeks to Ensure the Arts are Part of Positive Community Change

May 11, 2021 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

The pandemic put so much on pause. We started 2020 with ambitious plans for new programs, but as our major funding sources dried up, we had to regroup. One of the initiatives that we were excited to launch last year…

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#ArtUnitesCbus Temporary Mural Installation Winter 2020

March 24, 2021 / All Posts

The Art Unites Cbus project came about as a solution to an immediate challenge, how to turn broken windows into messages of support for Black Lives. Columbus businesses and organizations hired artists to paint the temporary plywood with messages that…

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Why the 2021 Arts Fest can’t happen, but 2022 is looking very good

February 11, 2021 / All Posts

Today, with a heavy heart, I have to announce that we are canceling the 2021 Columbus Arts Festival. I can’t believe that I have to write this again; however, there is simply too much uncertainty surrounding the pandemic to responsibly…

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The time to support the arts and imagine the future is now

February 4, 2021 / All Posts / Tom Katzenmeyer

Jan. 31 was Inspire Your Heart with Art Day and what has been on my mind for more than a week now is the poem The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman. On Jan. 20 we welcomed a new administration…

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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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