Uncommon Cause: Future Focus
August 6, 2022 // 7:00–11:00 pm
Harrison Lake Country Club

Join the Columbus Area Arts Council for Uncommon Cause, Columbus’ not-to-be-missed community arts celebration.

This year’s theme, “Future Focus,” centers on raising funds to continue the legacy of vibrant arts and culture in Columbus. This high-energy, inspiring evening will include:
  • Full bar and delectable cuisine prepared by HLCC Chefs Dan Grunden and Amber Grunden
  • Live Auction and Pop-up Shop featuring exclusive products designed by local creatives
  • Live music by Flat Earth
  • Anaglyph images to view with 3D glasses

$100 per person until July 7, 2022
$125 per person after July 7, 2022

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Grab a bite, enjoy live music, and view art during the 6th Street Arts Alley Event on June 23.

JUNE 23, 2022
5:00 - 9:00 PM
photograph by Hadley Fruits
Bring the family or meet up with a friend for a casual night out in the heart of Columbus’ downtown. Let Hog Molly and TaColumbus make you dinner, Savory Swine pour you a drink, and Miss Rachel's Sweet Treats fix you dessert. Pop in 411 Gallery and visit the works of the brand new exhibit, INperspective. Top off the evening with a pop-rock performance from nine-member ensemble, 3 Beards Strummin' and Soul Patch. If you missed these guys at Hogstock 2022, you will not want to miss seeing them next week!

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors –  the Columbus Area Visitors Center, Noblitt Fabricating Inc., and additional support from the City of Columbus – the event is free and open to the public. Food and drink are available for purchase.
Tulip Tree and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail                           Glass Breakfast short film ft. Robert Pulley
by Rachel Kavathe                                                             by Ian Carstens

INperspective by Columbus Museum of Art & Design Grantees

Public Reception: JUNE 23 // 5:00 - 9:00 PM

411 Gallery
411 6th Street

In celebration of nearly fifty years of the Columbus Museum of Art & Design's work to enrich and engage the community through public visual art and design experiences, this exhibit highlights the work of five grant recipients: Ian Carstens, Rachel Kavathe, Sarah Marsom, Jonathan Nesci and Timothy Rix. With a wide range of media, interests and emphases, INperspective promotes the value of art to amplify life and reveal the unobserved. 

Visit the exhibition on Fridays from 12:00 - 4:00pm or request an appointment.

411 is a community gallery and cultural space for exhibitions, events, and collaborations with Columbus’ arts and cultural organizations.


Entrepreneurship in the Arts Seminar 
A free learning event for local creatives

Wondering how to market your art and turn your passion into a business? Or, maybe you are already selling your work and want to learn about strategies to build your business. Take part in this free, one-day seminar in Columbus next month!

Email to register your interest. Space is limited.

This opportunity is made possible by the Columbus Area Arts Council, in partnership with The Indiana Arts Commission, The Indiana Small Business Development Center, Velocities, and Landmark Columbus

Blueprints: Pop-up Gallery Show + Artist Talk
JUNE 18, 2022 // 1:00 - 7:00 PM
A traveling fine arts gallery based in Indianapolis, ʘՈΞ DᎱʘᎵ, seeks to uplift the work of BIPOC artists in Columbus, Indiana. In tandem with the NAACP's Juneteenth celebration, ʘՈΞ DᎱʘᎵ has curated a pop-up gallery featuring artists from the Columbus and Indianapolis areas.

See the exhibition on June 18th at the Columbus Area Visitors Center from 1:00 - 7:00pm. Reception at 4:30pm and artist talk at 5:00pm.
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Downtown Columbus Guided Public Art Tour
JUNE 22, 2022 //  7:00 PM
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Women's Poetry & Prose Open Mic Night
JULY 8, 2022 //  7:00 - 9:00 PM
Join local poet Skye Nicholson, author of "Unexpected Alchemy: Poems of Addiction and Awakening," for this free monthly event! 

Participants are welcome to read poetry or prose writing, or come just to listen. Reading should be 3-5 minutes in length and speak to the experience of womanhood. This is an opportunity to hold space for one another – laugh, cry, yell, be seen and heard! 

The event is open to any person age 14+, who identifies as a woman. Admission is free of charge, however, love donations are greatly appreciated. Chair seating is limited; please message ahead of time to arrange accommodations. 

Location: Elemental Yoga Columbus, on the second floor of the Roviar Building. 1235 Jackson Street, Columbus. 

Contact: Skye Nicholson: or text 812-648-3164
photography by Bethany Ferril
There are some new faces around the Columbus Area Arts Council, but some familiar ones too. Each member of the staff and team brings unique skills, experiences, and perspectives to our work. Get to know them with a few questions:
  1. What is your creative outlet(s)?
  2. What is your favorite piece of public art in Columbus?
  3. If you could experience/view one piece of art in the world, what would it be?
Brooke Hawkins
// Interim Executive Director
Kim Wadholm
// Operations Manager
1. As a graphic designer and visual communicator, I am most passionate about simple designs that send a strong message. This work often takes the form of a sticker or protest sign (i.e. End White Silence: Let's Talk about It!) I love boiling down a message, finding its true essence then putting it out there for the world to see.

2. Large Arch by Henry Moore (c. 1971). It is a multisensory piece for me. Feel the wrinkled surface; hear the echo when you knock, knock, knock; smell the weathered bronze; just don't lick.

3. Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels by Jean Fouquet (c. 1452-1455) located in Antwerp, Belgium. As a student, I was not interested in work created before 1900. This painting changed that for me because its surreal, kind of creepy vibe feels really modern to me. Sign me up for more 15th-Century European art – because that's where the really weird stuff is! To this day, I think of the painting often and how radical it must have been at the time.
1. Writing has been a longtime passion of mine. From creative to academic writing, I love how words help us connect to one another. I also like trying new recipes (cooking), growing vegetables(gardening), and crocheting to pass the time.

2. Large Arch by Henry Moore. When I first moved to Columbus and went to get a library card, I was struck by this towering, 20-foot, bone-looking sculpture and the way it distinguished the Library Plaza as a community space. Now, nearly 5 years later, I still find myself pausing to marvel at its unique shape and color.

3. King Zulu, 1986 by Jean-Michel Basquiat, but really, the entire permanent collection at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), which spans a wide range of viewpoints, techniques, and mediums. Not to mention, the museum itself has a fascinating history that illustrates the way that arts are often inseparable from power, politics and community interests.  
Mandy Grimes
// Program Coordinator
Jan Banister
// Interim Gallery Coordinator
1. Shopping for used vintage furniture and repurposing it for either a similar use or something else entirely. I also enjoy singing whenever and wherever I get the opportunity.

2. Eos by Dessa Kirk is a stunning, symbolic sculpture that seems to welcome individuals into the downtown area. I find it remarkable that the community banded together with a fund drive to raise the money to ensure Eos had a permanent home in Columbus.

3. I love seeing fountains in public spaces; they are so calming and often integral in bringing people together. Rome is definitely on my travel list!
1. My creative outlets include design and design sketching, interior design and space planning, visual merchandising, textile and graphic design. Also, cooking!

2. The Sermon on the Mount tapestry designed by Eliel and Loja Saarinen, woven by Loja Saarinen in 1941. Countless individual colorful hand-knotted tufts create a detailed story in a very large format. It was a major achievement in its time!

3. My travel dreams include a visit to my immigrant grandfather's commune in Sicily, so the murals, tile mosaics, and statuary in the Mother Church would be very meaningful and moving. He would have been baptised and celebrated holidays there until he was eleven in the 1880s.
Kris Roberts
// Special Projects Coordinator
Anna Kelley
// Summer Arts Intern
1. Right now, I'm doing a lot of gardening. My partner and I are working on a pollinator- and wildlife-friendly yard, including more native plants, interesting perennials, and some natural "messiness". I'm also in the early (imagination) stages of a series of prints/photos about – what else? – plants.

2. Flamenco by Ruth Aizuss Migdal. I like the sculpture's exuberance and contemporariness, in contrast to the historical downtown of its location and the minimal Modernism Columbus is known for. I also love that funding for Flamenco came from dedicated community members to make it a permanent part of the city's fabric. 

3. The artwork I'd want to see is probably something I don't even know about yet: something challenging, engaging, intriguing, and maybe a little poignant. I'm interested in the experientiality of art, the "being there"; think Magdalena Abakanowicz, Ann Hamilton, Beth Lipman, Doris Salcedo, Do Ho Suh.
1. When I was younger, my main creative outlets were dancing and theatre. I have continued both practices throughout my college career, but I also have found a love for film, graphic design and writing. I enjoy combining mediums to create more relatable projects.

2. I am a Columbus native and have many good memories around Chaos I by Jean Tinguely. I feel at home, both in a physical and metaphorical sense, when I look at it.

3. I would love to see ancient roman architecture and sculptures. Their history was briefly covered in one of my courses, and I think it would be awe-inspiring to see them in person.

More information to come!

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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.
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