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Dear Friends of CAAC, 

Now more than ever, the arts are critical to our well-being and have the power to connect us in new and innovative ways. 

With a mission to strengthen the community through arts and culture, CAAC values the opportunity to make Columbus a better place to live and work. Like many, we are adjusting to this new reality, gaining a better understanding of how we can best serve you and the needs of our arts community. 

Although we will miss connecting with you in person, we encourage everyone to stay home and stay tuned for some new and exciting ways to experience the arts online. Over the coming weeks, we will be spotlighting local and regional artists, hosting virtual studio tours, performances and workshops, and sharing community projects that are sure to inspire and uplift. 

We hope these social connections will breathe new energy into your daily life, helping you stay healthy and creative. The arts are a source of resiliency, and we are committed to serving as a resource – not only for individual artists and arts organizations, but for the entire community. In this uncertain time there is not only need, but also an opening, to be innovative in our offerings, to cooperate and collaborate as we strengthen one another. 

Knowing that you have a lot of choices today, we ask for your continued support. Please consider donating to the arts in Columbus: there is no gift too small.

Donate Online

We are in this together, 

Kathryn Armstrong
Executive Director

Dance Kaleidoscope will return to Columbus in November!

Following the April First Fridays for Families: Dancers Studio, Inc.’s Cinderella, we planned to showcase the result of a Dance Kaleidoscope creative residency with Dancers Studio students and a full DK Pop-up Performance of La Vie on Broadway. 

We’ve postponed Dance Kaleidoscope’s visit to Columbus until November. In the meantime, we wanted to share a couple of videos from their Site-responsive Performance in concert with Exhibit Columbus last fall:

"Entry Portal" by Daniel Luis Martinez and Etien Santiago
"Soft Civic" by Bryony Roberts Studio
Youth Arts Spotlight: Maya Federle

Maya Federle is a senior at Columbus East High School who collaborated with the Council for Youth Development to conduct interviews for her senior project, Humans of Columbus. Maya’s goal was to reveal the diverse patchwork of stories that make up the community of Columbus, and to share these perspectives with those who might not otherwise hear them

Follow the project on Instagram @humans_of_cbus

Initially displayed only online, Maya worked with CAAC to create an installation of photos and stories in the 411 Community Studio:

Artist Spotlight: Jennifer Riley + Tony Ingrisano

On view now at 411 Gallery is an exhibition by Jennifer Riley and Tony IngrisanoNotes from a Lookout Tower. Visit us on Facebook and Instagram @411gallery to see more.

Riley’s paintings, drawings and objects extend her investigations with forms and found patterns from steel remainders. Ingrisano’s paintings are made of strips of cut paper rearranged into new images that diverge imaginatively from their original sources.

As complicated and intricate as Ingrisano’s paintings are, the work is deeply rooted in the act of drawing. Looking at systems of societal structure and recently at structures in architecture, Ingrisano considers the new work for this exhibition; “a love letter to architecture.”

Riley’s practice includes painterly traditions of lyrical, gestural, hard edged and geometric abstraction and elements of realism that combine to where she finds a sweet spot in abstraction. Steel remainders become new armatures for draping and delineating solid or veiled areas of color that simultaneously evoke figure, landscape, industry and technology.

A balance of order and chaos, expressive, personal brushwork, tactile surfaces and the embrace of mechanical means link these two artists in work that mirrors the energy of the moment and the complex challenges of a rapidly changing world. The investigations both artists pursue in their work reflect a deepening of their subject’s meaning with each iteration integrating their images into an exacting visual order determined by a sense of necessity.

Riley and Ingrisano originally met as thesis advisor and graduate student at the Pratt Institute School of Art in New York City. Both now teach full time in the Midwest: Ingrisano at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Riley at the Indiana University J. I. Miller Architecture Program here in Columbus.

In case you missed it:

Earlier this month we shared exciting news about 411 Gallery!
Check it out here.
Please consider this opportunity to “Become a Friend of 411.”

Donate Online
Or mail your gift to: 
431 Sixth Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Community Project Spotlight: Sew Crazy Columbus

Sew Crazy is a local business offering sewing classes, fabrics, sewing and quilting supplies, and machine sales and repair.
Learn more about Sew Crazy at: and

Last weekend The Republic newspaper ran a story about Sew Crazy's work sewing face masks for medical staff at Columbus Regional Health.
Check it out here: A stitch in time – Local shop sewing face masks to donate to hospital

For more updates check out the CAAC Calendar, and visit our Facebook and Instagram (@artsincolumbus) for news and resources.
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