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TONIGHT, 5:00–7:00 pm
We're hosting a community event on the 6th Street Arts Alley!

Watch a live performance and participate in an interactive workshop with Southern Indiana Taiko drummers!

Stop by 411 Gallery to view the new exhibition with work by Jonathan Nesci and Rebecca Chamberlain.

Drinks by Hog Molly Brewing Co. and The Savory Swine, and food by Big JT’s Craft BBQ and Purely Paula Catering will be available for purchase.

6th Street Arts Alley Events highlight local food and drink vendors and live entertainment in downtown Columbus! Mark your calendars for events: June 23, September 22, and December 8. 

These events are sponsored by the Columbus Area Visitors Center and Noblitt Fabricating, with additional support from the City of Columbus.

Rolled Chair by Jonathan Nesci
Schindler/Ain Plinth by Rebecca Chamberlain

Tonight we will also celebrate with a reception for two new exhibitions at 411 Gallery:

Home by Jonathan Nesci

“There is a feeling of being attached to a place, not by coincidence or birth, but by choice. I initially ended up in Columbus, as many do, drawn by the architecture and educational opportunities to raise my family. It is, however, the depth and richness of the community that made us stay." – Jonathan Nesci

With Home, Nesci brings selected works that have previously been shown with other galleries back to Columbus. The arrangement by Jonathan at 411 Gallery creates an intimate room setting that can be used as a small community meeting space. The pieces displayed were created between 2014–2022, the years Jonathan has been in Columbus. Fabrication of Jonathan’s work is done with various teams of highly skilled talent, mostly produced in metal. With Home, Nesci uses this opportunity to recognize the collaboration aspect of his practice with the hopes of an introduction to more local fabricators.

Hope, Calm & Remembrance by Rebecca Chamberlain

Drawing from early Modernist architecture of the interwar period and its embodiment of humanist ideals, Chamberlain's works are meditations on dwelling and being. Using materials such as lithography ink, rubbing alcohol and vintage architectural tracing cloth, she uses her own photographs taken during site visits and archival materials as the basis for luminous monochromatic paintings of hybrid spaces. Her reconstructions focus on transitional spaces, windows, hallways, promising staircases or empty rooms. These slivers of space function as interstitial moments leading to other places, experimenting with reflection – what you can and cannot see – and have the synchronicity and fragmentation that is only possible in dreams, thereby distorting the spectator's sense of perspective.

Visit during gallery hours, Friday 12:00–4:00 pm or by appointment. Both exhibitions are on view at 411 Gallery through May 11.


First Fridays for Families is back!
Performances at The Commons, 300 Washington Street in downtown Columbus. 
Doors open at 5:30 pm; Shows 6:00–7:00 pm

  • April 1: Dancers Studio, Inc.: Cinderella
    Who knew that a lost shoe, some help from friends, a fairy godmother and a little magic would change a girl’s life forever? Enjoy Cinderella's story as performed by Dancers Studio Inc. of Columbus.
    Dancers Studio has been a part of the local arts community for over 30 years, with a mission to provide quality dance education in ballet and modern dance for students of all backgrounds and abilities in the Columbus area.
  • May 6: Mario the Maker Magician: EPK
    It’s magic through the lens of the Maker Movement! Touring performer Mario the Maker Magician brings you a family theater experience full of homespun MAGIC, handmade ROBOTS, and modern SLAPSTICK. Fast-paced, interactive, and hilarious… he’s “magic’s punk rock Peter Pan philosopher." Mario has appeared on Sesame Street, NBC’s Universal Kids, and even live on tour with David Blaine, who calls him “the best kids magician in the world!!” 

First Fridays for Families introduces young audiences to a wide variety of performing arts in a fun and informal setting. More details to come soon.

Learn more about First Fridays at, and stay up-to-date at

First Fridays for Families is made possible by the Custer Foundation and the Nugent Foundation, with additional support from the City of Columbus. Thanks to our generous sponsors, this program is free and open to everyone!


We invite you to join us at Studio 207 for a new speaker series: Small Talk/s!

Small Talk/s features local creatives telling their stories. Through this program, CAAC aims to highlight the varied and circuitous paths our local creatives take in their careers. The format for Small Talk/s is casual, fun and flexible. The audience is encouraged to ask questions and interject throughout the talk. Humor and irreverence is welcome and encouraged.

Join us the second Wednesday of each month, March–August, for this new program! Refreshments at 5:30 pm; Small Talk/s at 6:00 pm. 

  • April 13: Jan Lucas
  • May 11: Jamie Goldsborough
  • June–August: To be announced soon!
Small Talk/s is presented by CAAC in collaboration by Echo Bravo, a creative collective working in Columbus.

Learn more at


CAAC is hiring an Operations Manager!

The Operations Manager will provide support to the Arts Council’s daily operations to ensure the organization's mission is being fulfilled at a level of excellence and programs are being delivered successfully. As a team member, the ideal candidate must be able to work independently and in a collaborative, creative environment.

Email résumé or CV, a cover letter describing your experience and your interest in the position, and three professional references to Kathryn Armstrong, CAAC Executive Director, by March 29, 2022.

Read the full description at


Columbus Propeller is hosting a Meet Your Makers Fair as part of Innovation Week. Stop by March 26, 10:00 am–2:00 pm. They’ll have makers on site to demonstrate their creative passions, and maybe even spark some ideas to explore!

Are you someone who likes to tinker - or maybe found a new hobby during quarantine? Now there is a space just for you! Columbus Propeller is for the makers, tinkerers, hobbyists and anyone with a desire to learn and share. 

Learn more at

Join the Columbus City Band in celebrating the return of spring! The Band’s Spring Concert will be April 3, 2:00 pm at The Commons. 

Bring your family and friends to The Commons for an hour of free music. We'll be live and in person with a fantastic variety of tunes!

Learn more at, and about the event at

Join the IU J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program for a lecture by guest architects Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen of UrbanLab at The Republic Building, April 7, 6:30–8:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

UrbanLab is an architecture and urban design firm founded by Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen. UrbanLab blends design and research to produce progressive, site-specific buildings, spaces and places. Their projects set in motion new lifestyles, vibrant spatial experiences, and more sustainable environments, with primary interest in forward-looking projects that speculate on a more resilient and resourceful tomorrow.

Learn more about UrbanLab at, and find the full IU Architecture lecture series at

The next Cabaret at The Commons features actress and singer Morgan James, April 7 at 7:30 pm!

Morgan James brings her jaw-dropping voice to The Commons stage for an evening of tantalizing cabaret. Classically trained, Morgan’s voice crosses multiple genres including Soul, R&B, Jazz, and Motown. The young starlet has also made her mark on Broadway performing in Frank Wildhorn’s WonderlandThe Addams Family, the first-ever Broadway revival of Godspell and more.

Learn more and get tickets at

Learn about the art, architecture and ideas of New Harmony, Indiana at the Social Alchemy Symposium organized by Big Car Collaborative, April 11–13.

Artists, placemakers, writers, historians, designers, architects, philosophers, urban and rural city planners, and community organizers are invited to converge in New Harmony, Indiana – famous site of two utopian experiments – for an exploration of imagination, history and design in the quest for ideal communities.

Learn more at


2nd Annual Hogstock: Live Music & Beer Festival

After a fantastic first year, Scott Wilson State Farm and Hog Molly Brewing Co. are bringing back Hogstock, a day of music, food and craft beer benefiting CAAC.

June 11 at Hog Molly Brewing Co.


Annual Arts Fundraiser: Uncommon Cause

Mark your calendars for Uncommon Cause, an evening of fellowship and fundraising as we celebrate our mission, “to strengthen the community through arts and culture”.

August 6 at Harrison Lake Country Club

More information to come!

Visit to stay updated on these and all CAAC events!

Many Thanks to our 2021 Program Sponsors: 

City of Columbus
Columbus Area Visitors Center
Columbus Museum of Art & Design
Custer Foundation
Efroymson Family Fund
Noblitt Fabricating
Nugent Foundation
Indiana Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts

And thanks to CAAC's 2022 Investor-Level Sponsors: 

Cummins Inc.
Elwood Staffing

Support Our Work:
CAAC is a non-profit organization supported by private and public donations, the City of Columbus, the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Copyright © 2022 Columbus Area Arts Council, All rights reserved.

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