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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 Justin Withrow, Summer Jam West Muralist

Patti Von Niessen Patti Von Niessen Columbus Makes Art Presents Justin Withrow, Summer Jam West Muralist

Summer Jam West is coming Saturday, July 13, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Westgate Park. It’s both an arts and music festival, and a non-profit organization committed to placing permanent, public art on the Hilltop. To date they’ve installed two sculptures, two major murals (one 80 feet long and one 95 feet long) […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents: Coach Keith Neal, West Side Griot and Community Jewel

Fevean Keflom Fevean Keflom Columbus Makes Art Presents: Coach Keith Neal, West Side Griot and Community Jewel

If you have ever walked into Upper Cup Coffee, you might have run into the infamous Keith Neal, affectionately known as “Coach.” His art collection has adorned the walls of the shop, giving customers a feel of African expression in the heart of Olde Towne East. Originally hailing from Philadelphia, Coach Neal moved to Columbus […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents Dimonde Hale Returning to the Columbus Arts Festival

Nick Dekker Nick Dekker Columbus Makes Art Presents Dimonde Hale Returning to the Columbus Arts Festival

Dimonde Hale made his festival debut as an Emerging Artist at the 2018 Columbus Arts Festival, where he won the Juror’s Choice award for 2D Mixed Media. This year he returns to the Columbus Arts Festival, June 7-9, as a participating artist. We chatted with him about his work, his inspirations and what he learned […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents: Behind the Scenes with Actor’s Theatre’s Amanda Phillips

Scott Vezdos Scott Vezdos Columbus Makes Art Presents: Behind the Scenes with Actor’s Theatre’s Amanda Phillips

Amanda Phillips is an actor, director and educator. She has worked in New York, Los Angeles, and in various regional theaters. Recent Columbus credits include Red Herring Productions’ DIRT, Columbus Civic Theatre’s Two Gentlemen of Verona and Actors’ Theatre’s 2018 production of Macbeth as Lady Macbeth. This year Amanda is in the director’s chair for […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents David Bahgat on Directing the Next Generation

Rachel Flenner Rachel Flenner Columbus Makes Art Presents David Bahgat on Directing the Next Generation

David Bahgat has been interacting with Columbus Children’s Theatre in some capacity since 1996. With a BFA in musical theatre from Otterbein and an MFA in performing arts from Savannah College of Art & Design, David is also the Director of Theatre Performance at Fort Hayes Career Center. Currently he is directing CCT’s upcoming production […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents: Anietra Hamper on Transitioning from Anchor to Travel Writer

David Weaver David Weaver Columbus Makes Art Presents: Anietra Hamper on Transitioning from Anchor to Travel Writer

After spending nearly 20 years working in television as a top-rated news anchor and Emmy-nominated reporter, Anietra Hamper switched gears – becoming an entrepreneur, travel writer, photographer and the author of two best-selling books: 2018’s Secret Columbus, and now 100 Things to Do in Columbus Before You Die. Ohioana Library Executive Director David Weaver recently […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents: Hakim Callwood on His Art and Inspirations

Nick Dekker Nick Dekker Columbus Makes Art Presents: Hakim Callwood on His Art and Inspirations

Hakim Callwood is a visual artist whose work can be found all over Columbus. You can see his work a Namaste In Love (110 Mill St.) this Saturday, Apr. 13 during Gahanna’s Creekside Art Walk. We caught up with him to chat about his work and his inspirations. Nick: How do you describe your work […]

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