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Columbus Makes Art Presents

Columbus Makes Art Presents is a bi-weekly column brought to you by the Greater Columbus Arts Council – supporting art and advancing culture in Columbus. The column is a project of the Art Makes Columbus campaign, telling the inspiring stories of the people and organizations who create Columbus art. Each column will be written by a different local arts organization to give you an insiders look at how #artmakescbus.

Columbus Makes Art Presents: Lauren Squires on Tap Dance, Rhythm and Community

Janelle Maur Janelle Maur Columbus Makes Art Presents: Lauren Squires on Tap Dance, Rhythm and Community

Lauren Squires is the Director of Movement Afoot, Columbus’ only all-tap dance company. This month the company presents its third annual concert, Rhythm Studies, April 27-28 at the Van Fleet Theatre. Local tap dancer and Movement Afoot member Janelle Maur sat down with Lauren to talk tap and more. Janelle: How long have you been […]

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​Columbus Makes Art Presents: Sukanya Chand Sharing Her Love of Classical Indian Dance

Jane D’Angelo Jane D’Angelo ​Columbus Makes Art Presents: Sukanya Chand Sharing Her Love of Classical Indian Dance

Sukanya Chand will perform in the evening concert and teach a master class at the 2018 OhioDance Festival, held April 27-29. Chand is a dance educator, choreographer and performer of classical Indian dance. She has a dance company, Natya Nirvana, and is an instructor at MUCAI Academy. Jane met with her to learn more about […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents: Xclaim Founder Mariah Layne French on the Dance Company’s Tenth Season and Latest Work

Pam Glauber Pam Glauber Columbus Makes Art Presents: Xclaim Founder Mariah Layne French on the Dance Company’s Tenth Season and Latest Work

Ten years ago, Mariah Layne French founded Xclaim, a contemporary dance ensemble based in Columbus. Since then, Xclaim has performed nearly 50 original works, most of them choreographed by Mariah. In addition to directing Xclaim, she teaches dance at Charisma Centre for the Arts. Mariah lives in North Linden with her husband, Philip, and their […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents Songwriter Carole Walker, a Full-Time Connector of People

Michelle Holzworth Michelle Holzworth Columbus Makes Art Presents Songwriter Carole Walker, a Full-Time Connector of People

A hiring freeze in 2014 made something clear to Carole Walker: her well-paying bank job had put a hold on her calling as a songwriter for far too long. She quit this job with no plan, and has spent the last four years on a journey fueled by her love of creating soulful music to […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents: Local Art Treasure Mary Jo Bole Moves into Filmmaking

Melissa Starker Melissa Starker Columbus Makes Art Presents: Local Art Treasure Mary Jo Bole Moves into Filmmaking

A fixture of the Columbus art scene for decades, Mary Jo Bole has unearthed and explored fascinating bits of local history through a wide variety of mediums. For her newest work, she’s delved into a connection between her family and the Carnegies, the Pittsburgh family that made its name in the steel industry. She’s also […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents: Actor Jack Miller on SRO Theatre Company’s Titanic The Musical

 Grace Rinehart Columbus Makes Art Presents: Actor Jack Miller on SRO Theatre Company’s Titanic The Musical

Jack Miller is a touring actor with Columbus Children’s Theatre. This month he is playing the doubled role of Jim Farrell and John Thayer in SRO Theatre Company’s production of Titanic The Musical. Peter Stone’s and Maury Yeston’s Tony Award-winning musical runs Feb. 16-25 at the Columbus Performing Arts Center’s Van Fleet Theatre. Grace: Let’s […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents: Painter Grant Gilsdorf’s VLNS NVR DIE at Gateway Film Center

Scott Vezdos Scott Vezdos Columbus Makes Art Presents: Painter Grant Gilsdorf’s VLNS NVR DIE at Gateway Film Center

Grant Gilsdorf is an Ohio born and raised contemporary realistic narrative painter who has harnessed his exquisitely rendered realistic paintings into a visionary storytelling device that combines images of carefully crafted beauty existing within a brutal and gritty reality. His dark, tension-filled works mirror the narrative-driven experience of viewing a feature film, and his expertly […]

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