Columbus Foundation Awards Grant to Preserve Aminah Robinson’s Home
The Columbus Foundation has announced a new grant that will preserve the home of the late Columbus artist Aminah Robison. The grant will assist in transforming the east-side home into an artist residency space.
At the Foundation’s annual Columbus’ True Originals event, President and CEO Douglas F. Kridler announced that the $200,000 grant will go to the Columbus Museum of Art, which is overseeing the restoration project.
CMA is the primary beneficiary of Robinson’s estate, including her home, since her passing in 2015. Last month, the museum launched a partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council to preserve the house as the future site for artist residencies.
The Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Residency will be awarded yearly to an African American professional visual artist, and will include a stipend and space to work and live in the restored home.
“Aminah’s legacy will be one of enriching our community, our museum, and our world,” said CMA Executive Director Nannette Maciejunes. “There is no better way to honor her legacy, and who she was as a person and as an artist, than by turning her home into a place that will inspire and nurture generations of African American artists.”
The award and upcoming restoration come as the Columbus Foundation celebrates 75 years.
“Aminah created extraordinary work to celebrate the Foundation’s 50th anniversary, so it feels great to be able to turn around a generation later and make this investment in her living legacy and in the neighborhood in which she lived and worked,” said Kridler.
Larry James, former leader of the King Arts Complex and current partner at Crabbe, Brown, & James LLP, led the fundraising efforts to preserve Robinson’s home.
“It speaks to the integrity and commitment of the Columbus arts community and The Columbus Foundation for their commitment that future generations will share,” said James. “Aminah spoke to the world in a way that celebrates our humanity. We celebrate the iconic Ms. Robinson with reverence and pride.”
For more information, visit columbusfoundation.org.