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Urban Scrawl III Takes Place This Saturday

 Bob P
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If Franklinton founder Lucas Sullivant could travel 200 years into the future to see Urban Scrawl III, it might knock the powder out of his colonial wig. Skateboarding. Breakdancing. Vegan hot dogs. Hip Hop. Graffiti.

But all these artists share a common goal with Sullivant: creating a vibrant Franklinton.

Franklinton—long considered one of the most depressed areas of central Columbus—is beginning to show signs of life and color. And Urban Scrawl is a driving force behind that effort.

Murals and artwork from past Urban Scrawls have been hung on buildings around Franklinton, said Nikos Fyodor Rutkowski, Urban Scrawl founder and president of the Franklinton Arts District. The artwork creates an aesthetic counterpoint to the neighborhood’s blight, Rutkowski said.

“It adds color where there wasn’t any,” said Jim Sweeney, Executive Director of the Franklinton Development Association. “It’s amazing to see the changes. Hats off to Urban Scrawl.”

Urban Scrawl III, will be held from noon to 8 p.m. at Franklinton’s Dodge Park, 667 Sullivant Ave., on Sat. Aug. 29. The event will feature 30 prominent local artists working live; a skate boarding competition; breakdancers; food vendors; a beer truck; and live music from members of the Columbus Music Co-op.

The Boys & Girls Club of Columbus will sponsor a children’s art area. Pabst beer will be served alongside local food vendors including Rad Dog!, Pattycake Vegan Bakery, Lucky Ladle, Little Darlin’ Cupcakes, and the La Guaguita taco truck.

Parking is free. The music is free. But you have to pay for the food and beer.

Artists participating in Urban Scrawl III include:

  • Adam Crum
  • Derek Stewart
  • Adam Brouillette
  • Dan Olsen
  • Huevan Cox
  • Laura Alexander
  • Michael Bush
  • Nikos Fyodor Rutkowski
  • Coreroc
  • Craig Dansfield
  • Andrew Lundberg
  • David Dennison
  • Joey Monsoon
  • O.J. Hays

Columbus Music Co-op members playing Urban Scrawl III include:

  • Marvin the Robot
  • Shin Tower Music
  • The Couchforts
  • The Phantods
  • The Jellyhearts
  • Main Street Gospel
  • The Bosniaks
  • Sinatra
  • Deerhead

Sponsors for the third annual Urban Scrawl include United Way of Central Ohio, The Columbus Foundation, PBR, Blick, Columbus Music Co-op, and Franklinton Development Association.

More information can be found online at www.FranklintonArtsDistrict.org.

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