CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
Art | Activism | Action Book Now Available
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Created by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and produced by the creative team at Warhol & WALL ST., a new book titled Art | Activism | Action is now available. The hard cover, 225-page book documents murals created during the 2020 protests in Columbus and features writings by Black creatives on the continuing fight for social justice.
The book is intended to serve as a time capsule and interactive experience that showcases the pain and struggle of the events of summer 2020, but also the beauty of the art, all while telling Columbus’ story and continuing the conversation and pushing for action in our city.
The foreword for Art | Activism | Action was penned by Hanif Abdurraqib, with a closing from Dr. Melissa Crum. More than 200 visual artists, writers and community leaders contributed to the book, including Cynthia Amoah, Christie Angel, Chris Bournea, Sterling Carter, Barbara Fant, Shellee Fisher, Tom Hanks, LC Johnson, Tifani Kendrick, John Landry, Brittany Moseley, Dr. Carlotta Penn, Tyiesha Radford-Shorts, Marshall Shorts, Charlie Stewart, Aramis Sundiata, Tariq Tarey, Erica Thompson, Micah Walker, Donte Woods-Spikes and more.
The book will retail for $60. Copies will be available for purchase starting the week of Dec. 5 at the following retail and gift stores (quantities are limited, interested purchasers may want to contact the store first):
- Columbus Metropolitan Friends of the Library (96 S. Grant Ave.)
- Columbus Museum of Art (480 E. Broad St.)
- Experience Columbus Visitors Center (277 W. Nationwide Blvd.)
- Ohio History Connection (800 E. 17th Ave.)
- Prologue Bookshop (841 N. High St.)
- ROY G BIV Gallery (435 W. Rich St.)
- Wexner Center for the Arts (1871 N. High St.)
Proceeds from book sales benefit GCAC’s new Mural Assistance Program, specifically to support projects involving artists of color. Online sales coming in mid-December.
More than 500 books are designated to be given free to artists, schools and community partners like the Columbus Metropolitan Library thanks to the generous donations of sponsors to the Art Unites Cbus effort. A kickoff event in early December for artists featured in the book was sponsored by CAS. Additional information on the book and project can be found at gcac.org/artactivismaction.
Sponsors of the Art Unites Cbus effort include: American Electric Power Foundation, Cardinal Health, CAS, City of Columbus, Easton Community Foundation, Engie/Axiom Infrastructure, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Huntington, Ohio State Energy Partners and The Ohio State University.
Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus. www.gcac.org
The Greater Columbus Arts Council receives major financial support from the City of Columbus, Franklin County Commissioners and the Ohio Arts Council.
For translations of this release and other pages, please see the dropdown menu at the top right corner of gcac.org.
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PRESS REVIEW COPY OF THE BOOK AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST