Scott Woods Remarks

Scott Woods, Recipient of the Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award for an organization with a budget under $1 million for his work, Holler, at the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s 2017 Community Arts Partnership Awards.

Words can scarcely describe the honor I am experiencing in this moment, but I have about a minute to cram as many of them into this moment to suggest otherwise.

I want to thank the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Columbus Makes Art for their stalwart support throughout the creation and execution of Holler; my fiscal partner Michal Vander Doss and the Kate Schulte Foundation; Columbus Alive and Columbus Underground for their unrelenting media support; and all of the sponsors, donors and venues I am happy to report are too numerous to fit into this address. A special heartfelt thanks must go to my wife, Elizabeth, who endured my many days of teeth gnashing before, during and after Holler and without whom my home would have likely burned to the ground.  

I stand here alongside 100 other artists you do not see today, dozens of volunteers, and a humbling number of sponsors and supporters. I also stand here on behalf of a community that very often goes unremarked. The goal was not to plead for awareness, but to celebrate culture – true, independent, magnificent Columbus-based culture – that had already been here. The artists involved ranged widely in age, discipline, career position, and personal politic, and it was my honor to stand in place with every one of them so that they could be their unapologetic selves on a city-wide stage.  Holler took place over nearly a dozen venues from all over the city who embraced this series without question, creating for a moment a unified culture within a scene within a city. People traveled from across the country to see it, from places where we think this kind of display is a given. I can tell you from experience that it is not. Only Columbus could do this the way that we did this. I also stand here with the two thousand and more audience members who came out day after day and made this more than a series of events, but an active, burgeoning culture that created on levels we are still unpacking and from which we are still bearing fruit as a city.

Thank you.”