COLUMBUS, Ohio—On June 1, 2020, CAPA and the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) 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).
Since the launch of the initiative, a number of other businesses have engaged Columbus visual artists to create murals throughout the city, most notably businesses throughout the Short North and in front of the Huntington Center on High Street.
Today, the Arts Council and CAPA launched www.artunitescbus.com, an online exhibition that catalogs the #ArtUnitesCbus murals created across Columbus in response to the Black Lives Matter protest movement.
As businesses begin to repair broken windows, remove the plywood, and reopen, the Arts Council and CAPA have worked with the artists and other partners such as the Hines Company, who manages the Huntington Center, and the Short North Alliance to document the murals and the inspiration of the artists who created them.
ArtUnitesCbus.com is a work in progress and is being continually updated as documentation is received. The site stands as a tribute to the work of this diverse collective of visual artists that created works of hope, unity, love, and support for the Black Lives Matters movement and protests.
The Arts Council, CAPA, Hines Company and the Short North Alliance are working on plans to store the murals as they are removed and are welcoming suggestions from the community as to how they can best help continue this important dialogue through education and exhibition, as resources allow. Thoughts can be emailed to ArtUnitesCbus@gcac.org.
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Owner/operator of downtown Columbus’ magnificent historic theatres (Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre) and manager of the Riffe Center Theatre Complex, Lincoln Theatre, Drexel Theatre, Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts (New Albany, OH), and the Shubert Theater (New Haven, CT), CAPA is a non-profit, award-winning presenter of national and international performing arts and entertainment. For more information, visit www.capa.com.
The Ohio Arts Council helped fund CAPA’s 2019-20 season with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. CAPA also appreciates the generous support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Lois S. and H. Roy Chope and Helen W. Wildermuth Fund for Drama and Music funds of The Columbus Foundation.
About the Greater Columbus Arts Council
The mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council is to support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus and it receives major financial support from the City of Columbus, Franklin County Commissioners, and the Ohio Arts Council. For more information, visit www.gcac.org.
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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein