PowerPhilanthropy Friday: Spirit of Columbus Photos

 Margaret Robinson, The Columbus Foundation PowerPhilanthropy Friday: Spirit of Columbus Photos
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The Columbus Foundation is working to capture The Spirit of Columbus through images that showcase the determination, dedication, and commitment of people in our smart + open community. Be sure to check out columbusfoundation.org and follow along on our Facebook album as we continue to celebrate The Spirit of Columbus through photography. You can also tune in on Instagram at www.instagram.com/colsfoundation.

Check out some of our most recent examples of spirit below:

The annual Wex Drive-In series kicked off with hundreds enjoying great weather on the Wexner Center Plaza for Bride of Frankenstein. The free-admission series continues Thursday, July 18 with The Graduate and concludes Thursday, August 15 with Fantastic Mr. Fox. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs starting at 8 pm; screenings will begin at dusk (around 9 pm). In the event of rain, the films will be shown in Mershon Auditorium at 9 pm.

Sunshine and our smart+open community greeted the thousands of people enjoying the 32nd Columbus Pride Parade throughout downtown and the Short North. Learn more about the Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival at www.columbuspride.org.

The new “I Forgot to Forget” exhibit at OSU’s Urban Arts Space runs until July 20 and features exciting contemporary work from both international and Columbus artists. CCAD’s Danielle Julian Norton curated the fantastic show. Learn more at uas.osu.edu.

Members of The Green Funds of The Columbus Foundation and guests enjoyed a guided tour of the Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve with naturalists from The Nature Conservancy. An example of successful restoration and reclamation of one of central Ohio’s most scenic waterways, these 800 acres contain wetlands, streamside forests, and cold water springs that form the Big Darby Creek. The creek harbors 100 species of fish and 44 kinds of freshwater mussels.

Ohio State students are helping to teach a love of architecture and city planning to youth at AIA Columbus’ Camp Architecture. In three sessions, students in grades 3-10 are learning about smart design and architecture through a variety of hands on activities, walking field trips, and more!

One of Columbus’ most beloved artists, Aminah Robinson, has an incredible new show at the Hammond Harkins Galleries in Bexley. The must-see show, “Journey from the Blackberry Patch to Poindexter Village” runs through July 20.

Curious to see if running through the rain gets you less wet than walking through it? If you really can ride in a canoe built out of duct tape? How fast you can change into a super hero? Test myths for yourself at the new Mythbusters exhibit at COSI.

Climbing the wall at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park is a fantastic and free summer activity. Standing at 35-feet, it is the largest free outdoor climbing wall in the country! Be sure to bring your own equipment and learn more at www.metroparks.net.

Animals from the Columbus Zoo, the #1 zoo in America, are visiting Easton Town Center each Tuesday this summer from 12-1. Rotating animals will include an armadillo, alligator, tortoise, dingo, baby leopard, penguin, and more.

Despite the rain, Red, White and Boom! was a real treat for the crowds enjoying the annual show throughout downtown Columbus.

Thanks to creative participants who continued the outrageous tradition of the annual Doo Dah Parade, crowds along the route were delighted with the spectacle. The parade, now in its 30th year, traveled through the Short North and the Victorian Village.

Take a step back in time with a visit to the Columbus Historical Society at COSI. Their new exhibit, “Columbus at Play,” showcases rare sports and music memorabilia. For hours and exhibit information visit www.columbushistory.org.

The upside of unrelenting rain is especially lush lawns and gardens for this time of year! Pictured here are roses drying in the sun at the Columbus Park of Roses. The park, one of the largest public rose gardens in the United States, opened in 1953 and has 11,000 roses of more than 350 varieties. Learn more at parks.columbus.gov/ParkofRoses.

20-year-old midfielder and Gahanna High School graduate, Wil Trapp, made his MLS debut and first career start with the Columbus Crew during their recent game against the Portland Timbers. Trapp was voted Man of the Match during the Crew victory. Congratulations to Wil for his hard work and determination! Photo courtesy of Columbus Crew.

Along the Scioto River, Columbus artist Tim Rietenbach has installed six double-life-size cows grazing on the surface of the water across from North Bank Park in Downtown Columbus. Using steel rod, Rietenbach created the outlines of these representations of Columbus’s agrarian past. Grazing is one of 12 projects comprising Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012. Grazing will be on view through the summer.

Information about more than 600 local nonprofits is available 24/7 through the Foundation’s online resource, PowerPhilanthropy, which is available to everyone who wants to be more informed about nonprofits before they give. PowerPhilanthropy makes it easy to donate to the causes you care about at columbusfoundation.org/p2/.

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