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CAPA and the Greater Columbus Arts Council Partner to Launch #ArtUnitesCbus
Columbus Visual Artists Employed to Create Temporary Murals on Boarded-Up Windows Downtown
COLUMBUS, Ohio — CAPA and the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) have 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). The selected artists are a diverse group of visual artists living and working in Columbus and are being paid for their work on the murals. The installations are already underway and are expected to be completed by the end of the week.
“Our city and our nation must address the serious issues of inequality and injustice that continue to plague our society. While these murals don’t solve those issues, this is an opportunity to spark hope and light in our community while we work toward much needed change,” stated CAPA President and CEO Chad Whittington. “The arts bring the community together and this is our way of doing that while the Ohio Theatre is closed and under repair.”
“#ArtUnitesCbus is just one small way the arts community is trying to help. These murals are not the answer, simply a message that we ALL can, and must, help heal our community,” said Tom Katzenmeyer, President & CEO of the Arts Council. “I’d like to call on Columbus businesses with boarded storefronts to consider hiring artists to paint messages of healing and unity. We can help you connect with these talented creatives, please visit our Art Unites Cbus toolkit.
Artists to be exhibited at the Ohio Theatre:
Dionne Custer Edwards
Shelbi Harris Roseboro
Tyiesha Radford Shorts
Wil Wong Yee
Artists to be exhibited at the Arts Council offices:
Bryant Anthony – aka Bee1ne
Shelbi Harris Roseboro
Ariel Peguero – aka APEG
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.
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.
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