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January 19, 2010

COSI TO ‘BLOOM’ WITH WORK BY GCAC’S ART IN THE HOUSE YOUTH

Columbus, Ohio – Starting Jan. 27, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and COSI will partner to present an exhibition at COSI of artwork by students in GCAC’s Art in the House program.

For the exhibition, titled Blue in Bloom, program participants at the Gladden Community House created chalk, watercolor and oil pastel pieces featuring blue flowers of all kinds. The exhibition highlights the Franklinton neighborhood’s official color, which is blue, and the work is symbolic of the neighborhood’s efforts to provide a positive, cohesive image. The show will run through Jun. 27.

Through Art in the House, GCAC offers programming at five Columbus Federation of Settlements’ settlement houses, along with other neighborhood partner sites, for children ages 5 to 11. Art in the House allows participants to begin their connection to lifelong learning through the arts. Accomplished professional artists work with apprentice artists at each site to provide hands-on introductions and exploration of various art forms to students after school and during the summer.

For Blue in Bloom, lead artist Queen Brooks and apprentice artists Debbie Erwin and Jazmine Blaney, of Columbus, worked with the children at Gladden Community House to create the exhibition.

GCAC and COSI will host an opening reception for the exhibition at 4 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 29. The public can view the exhibition starting at 5 p.m. that evening as part of COSI’s Family Friday Night. Visitors to COSI from 5 p.m-9pm can visit COSI for a discounted price of $8 per person and receive access to all permanent exhibitions and a movie in the Extreme Screen theater. Blue in Bloom art will be showcased on COSI’s first floor between the Space and Traveling Exhibit Galleries.

For more information about Art in the House, visit www.gcac.org

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support of all our programs. Art in the House and partner program TRANSIT ARTS are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, the Columbus Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, American Electric Power, Honda, the Reinberger Foundation, the United Way of Central Ohio and the Columbus Federation of Settlements.

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