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July 14, 2020

Greater Columbus Arts Council Opens Community Gallery in New Long Street Office

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) has officially opened its new office at 182 E. Long St. to the public with an inaugural exhibition in the Arts Council’s community meeting room and gallery. Current and future exhibitions in the gallery will be dedicated to showing work by artists from historically marginalized communities.

The exhibition, New Beginnings: From There to Here, was curated and installed by Janet George and Creative Women of Color, a collective of African American women artists whose mission is to educate, encourage, inspire and provide a creative connection with the community.

The exhibition and the murals on the front of the office that were created as part of the Black Lives Matter protests are part of the 46 days of HeART of Protest, an initiative created by the King Arts Complex and presented in partnership with collaborating arts organizations to create 46 days of artistic protest, non-sequential, to honor the 46 years of George Floyd’s life.

Artists in the exhibition include: Anna Austin (43229), Michol Childress (43201), Lisa Cliff (43081), Kenya Davis (43068), Janet George (43235), Deborah McBroom (43207), Gaye Reissland (43207), Teri Thomas (unknown), Beryl Thompson (43209) and Kathy Watts (43230). The work is available for sale.

The exhibition will be up through Dec. 23. Starting July 13 the gallery will be open to the public Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment Monday-Friday. Visitors must wear masks and comply with social distancing guidelines; there will be a limit of four people in the gallery at any time.

The Arts Council moved into the historic building recently after searching for a space more accessible to the community for more than six years.

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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