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Dear Community Members, 

We are on a journey and have more work to do, continuing to focus our efforts on equitable opportunities that hold us accountable to our committed values of accessibility, inclusion, diversity, collaboration and excellence. 

As we open a new exhibition, In-depth, featuring the work of local artists Aline Chevalier and Bob Pulley, we close out our first two-year program cycle at 411 Gallery. In a short two years, we have transformed the way we understand the power of what the arts can bring to a community. 

It was our original intent to activate a storefront space on Sixth Street with visual art and design experiences that encouraged equitable access to the arts, while providing more opportunities for artists, designers and creative entrepreneurs. In turn, we welcomed a diverse range of individuals who together formed a renewed arts community that brought strength and energy to everyday life in downtown Columbus. 

With your investment, we can continue to activate, transform and reimagine a better future where everyone has the opportunity to become a friend of 411. 

Kathryn Armstrong
Executive Director
Columbus Area Arts Council

411 launched in 2018 as a project of the downtown Columbus Arts & Entertainment District with a lead gift of $25,000 from the Efroymson Family Fund. With the help of the community, we matched that gift, raising over $50,000 to support a two-year pilot. 

We are thrilled to announce that 411 Gallery has received a second round of funding from the Efroymson Family Fund for 2020–2021! This generous gift of $25,000 will allow CAAC to continue programming 411 Gallery for another two-year cycle of exhibitions and events, as well as artist and designer residencies in the Community Studio. 

Initially conceived of as a community arts gallery & cultural space for exhibitions, events and collaborations, 411 has become a catalyst in enlivening downtown Columbus. With a strategic location in the development of Sixth Street as an “Arts Alley,” we have already taken part in shaping this dynamic central corridor for cultural happenings.

In 2019, we expanded gallery programming with drop-in artmaking activities, an Arts Alley Celebration, Artist-led Workshops and a Creative Residency pilot. Inaugural residents LAA Office [Lulu Loquidis and Daniel Martinez] designed the 411 Community Studio within 411 Gallery, as well as the Learning Patterns mural that now graces the east wall of the building. The Creative Residency Pilot and 411 Community Studio were made possible by a $15,000 grant from Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, and “Learning Patterns” was made possible by a $5,000 grant from the Columbus Museum of Art & Design.

411 by the Numbers: 2018–2020
2,015 visitors to 20 events and 9 exhibitions (2 with virtual tours) featuring work by 124 artists, including many from our own community!
Our current exhibition, In-depth, includes the work of Columbus artists Aline Chevalier and Robert Pulley, on view through July 19, 2020. 

We have installed the artwork in In-depth to be visible through the windows along Sixth Street. Take a look, or schedule a time to view the exhibition by contacting CAAC Program Specialist, Susana Villegas, at A virtual tour of the exhibition, created by Tony Vasquez in collaboration with Echo Bravo, is available online at

We will also host an Online Artist Talk with Robert Pulley, 5:30 pm (EDT) on June 25. The event is free, but we ask attendees to pre-register at

In the 411 Community Studio, we're having a takeover by The Mask Project!

The Mask Project is engaging local artists and designers to create custom fabric patterns for face masks that are not only useful, but also fun and fashionable. Many creative professionals have been affected by COVID-19, and this project creates a new opportunity within the local creative economy. Through The Mask Project we hope artists and designers can serve as leaders and ambassadors not only of arts and culture, but also of public health. 

Participating artists: Shorf Afza, Steven Baker, Victoria Bell, Britt Brewer, Brooke Hawkins, Yoonji Jung, Rachel Kavathe, Jenni Kiesler, LAA Office [Lulu Loquidis and Daniel Martinez], Pierre Obando, Michele Pollock, Jennifer Riley, Daren Redman, Chris Sullivan, Melanie Brock, Stacy Hardy, Mark Kebasso and Priscilla Rocha.

With the help of volunteers, CAAC aims to produce 7,500 free masks that will be available from safe pick-up locations throughout Bartholomew County. If you are interested in volunteering to make masks, please submit your information to our Google Form or contact us at

Stay tuned for updates on The Mask Project, including pick-up dates and locations and more information on an exhibition of the finished designs.

The Mask Project is supported by a collective grant from Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of Bartholomew CountyColumbus Regional Health and Healthy Communities Proyecto Salud Action Team.​

Taking inspiration from 411’s progress over the last two years, we invite you to contribute to the continued success of 411 Gallery. We look forward to seeing what the next two years will bring for 411 Gallery + Community Studio, Sixth Street and the city of Columbus. 

Special thanks to our 2020–2021 program sponsors: Efroymson Family Fund with support from the City of Columbus, Columbus Area Visitors Center, Columbus Museum of Art & Design and Amy and John McCormick. 

Help us match our second lead gift from the Efroymson Family Fund by becoming a Friend of 411!  
Donate Online
Or mail your gift to: 
431 Sixth Street
Columbus, IN 47201

Thank you!
Columbus Area Arts Council
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