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In 2020, we have all been challenged to rethink our purpose. This year, the Columbus Area Arts Council (CAAC) made a commitment to focus our efforts on uplifting and inspiring folks during a time of uncertainty. With a mission, “to strengthen the community through arts and culture,” we believe the arts have the power to unite us, and we are proud to serve as your local Arts Council.

Click to read the full letter with highlights from 2020, by CAAC Executive Director, Kathryn Armstrong and Board President, Mike Elwood.

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Join us this evening for the first presentation in our virtual lecture series: Women Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs – Working & Living in Full Color, presented by CAAC in collaboration with the African American Fund of Bartholomew County and the IUPUC Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

"Change by Design" with Taylor Staten
Moderated by Daniel Luis Martinez

December 10, 2020 – TODAY
5:30–6:30 pm EST // 4:30–5:30 pm CST
Online via Zoom

Taylor Staten is an architect based in Chicago, where she leads TnS Studio as Managing Partner and Design Principal. Founded in 2018, TnS Studio primarily serves communities on the South Side of Chicago and works to save abandoned buildings. Recently, the firm received a Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grant from the City of Chicago to renovate a space in South Shore for their first office.

In addition to design work, TnS will host an architecture camp for students in 6th–12th grades in Summer 2021, and currently provides mentorship to architecture students and recent graduates. The firm is also developing a scholarship to support education for young Black architects. Currently, only 2.5% of all architects in the U.S. are Black; it is TnS Studio’s goal to create equity in architecture and open the field to those that can change it. 

Learn more about Taylor and TnS Studio at

Artwork from the previous 50/50, Winter 2019–2020. Photo by Tony Vasquez.
50/50, A Community Art Project will be on view at 411 Gallery, December 17, 2020–February 14, 2021.

50/50 showcases 50 artworks on 4” x 4” wood panels, each by a member of the community. All pieces will be available for sale in 2021, $50 per artwork, to support 411 Gallery.

The exhibition may be seen through the windows along 6th Street. We will announce more about online viewing and purchasing of 50/50 works in the new year.

Stay up to date at, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @411gallery.

We are looking for volunteers to help cut and sew as part of The Mask Project.
Sign up at

Whether you're a whiz with scissors or skilled on a sewing machine, we can use your help. Learn more and submit your information to volunteer at

Thank you to Heritage Fund - The Community Foundation of Bartholomew CountyColumbus Regional Health and Healthy Communities Proyecto Salud Action Team for their support in making these free masks available to our community!


Founded in 1922, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is the oldest symphony orchestra in the state of Indiana, a volunteer-driven organization with a mission to engage the community by furthering musical excellence for education and enjoyment.

While CSO has not been able to perform in the traditional manner, the Orchestra has been hosting online programs and concerts, including recitals, musical instrument demonstrations, and "behind the scenes" talks. Check CSO out at, and find all their past online programs at

Thanks to the CSO and all organizations creating arts and cultural programming in Columbus and Region 9!

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.
Cummins Inc. is the Columbus Area Arts Council's Investor-level sponsor in 2020.
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