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Art Unites Columbus at Ohio State

November 20, 2021 12:00 am

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Saturday, repeating until November 20, 2021 12:00 am

The Ohio State University has collaborated with the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) to bring #ArtUnitesCbus, a Black Lives Matter public art initiative, to the Columbus campus this fall. The murals will be installed in the plaza south of the Wexner Center for the Arts, Thompson Library, and Hale Black Cultural Center.

Following the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protests, GCAC and the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts employed Columbus-based artists to paint murals on the plywood used to cover broken windows at the Ohio Theatre and Arts Council offices. The project spread throughout Columbus, and by the end of June 2020, more than 200 murals had been created. Their messages ranged from support for Black Lives Matter, to tributes to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, to messages of love and hope.

The public quickly advocated for preserving the murals and giving them a life after they were removed from storefront windows. GCAC committed to preserving and exhibiting many of the plywood murals and encouraging dialogue about the Black Lives Matter movement as our city and our country work toward racial equity.

Art Unites Columbus at Ohio State brings together a diverse group of partners from across the university to engage both the campus and local communities in critical conversations about the work. Led by the Wexner Center for the Arts and University Libraries, the project will include robust programming that explores a wide range of topics, such as art’s role as a catalyst for social change and the history of underlying systemic racism.

August 25, 2021 – November 24, 2021
Exhibit Hours: 12:00 AM – 12:00 AM

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1739 N High Street
Columbus, OH 43210 United States
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