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The King Arts Complex invites all arts organizations to join our “HeART of Protest” social media and programming campaign in response to the senseless, inhumane killing of George Floyd and countless others. Racism has finally been declared a public health crisis in America, and art can be both a catalyst and a documenter of this social change.  As protests are occurring daily around the world, the demand for social justice and equality has never been as profoundly seen and heard.

Over twenty arts organizations in Columbus, OH have come together to create 46 (nonsequential) days of artistic protest to honor the 46 years of Mr. George Floyd’s life. For each year of George Floyd’s life, a day of programming will be shared in his remembrance. Each arts entity will focus on telling an aspect of the story of black America, from slavery to the present day, through its unique art form.  All the work will be memorialized through videography and photography.

Start Date:

Friday, June 19, 2020 (Juneteenth)

End Date:

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Ohio’s proposed presidential election date)

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46 Days: Documentation of Resources

Day 1 - Juneteenth Festival: Celebrating Freedom

June 19, 2020

FEATURED RESOURCES

Homage - "HeART of Protest" shirts

June 23, 2020

Gramercy Books - How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X

June 24, 2020

PARTNERS & SUPPORT

Collaborators

Steering Committee

Ballet Met
CAPA
CATCO
Columbus Gay Men's Chorus
Columbus Museum of Art
COSI
Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Equitas Health
Experience Columbus
Franklin Park Conservatory
Gateway Film Center
Gramercy Books Bexley
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Harmony Project

Jazz Arts Group
Lincoln Theater
McConnell Arts Center
Momentum
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center
Opera Columbus
ProMusica
Shadowbox Live
Short North Stage
The King Arts Complex - Convener
Urban Arts Space
Wexner Center for the Arts
WOSU

Demetries Neely, KAC, Chair
Frederic Bertley, COSI
Jevon Collins, KAC
Nanette Maciejunes, CMA
Amy Tillinghast, WOSU
Chad Whittington, CAPA

Committee Co-Chairs

Rosy and Clark Kellogg
Jeri Block and Bobby Schottenstein
Sheila and Gene Smith

Host Committee

Jane Grote Abell and Tom Krouse
Donna and Nick Akins
Jamie and Steve Allen
Lori Barreras and Alex Fischer
George Barrett
Felicia and Marvin Clayton
Janelle and Michael Coleman
Meghan Cook and Ira Sharfin
Tanny Crane and John Wolff
Lynnda and Steve Davis
Carrie and Brandon Dupler
Peggy Kriha Dye & Jordan Miller
Karen and Mike Fiorile
Gigi and Sam Fried
Denise and Michael Glimcher
Shari Hicks-Graham and Chris Graham

Bonita and Archie Griffin
Jennifer and Andy Griffith
Cindy and Larry Hilsheimer
Antoinette and Kyle Grey
Lisa Ingram and Greg Guy
Donna and Larry James
Olivia Johnson
Linda and Frank Kass
Katie and Brett Kaufman
Liza Kessler and Greg Henchel
Mary and Bob Kidder
Monica and Doug Kridler
Dr. Cheryl Lee & William Amato
Mo and David Meuse
Elaine and Curt Moody
Gayle and Ira Novak

Ann and Ron Pizzuti
Sue Porter and Mike Sayre
Kathy and Fred Ransier
Robyn and Ron Ransom
Sandra Harbrecht Ratchford and Robin Ratchford
Renee and Alex Shumate
Liz and John Sokol
Joy and Bruce Soll
Catherine Srauss and John Lowe
Jacqueline and Dean Taylor
Lisa and Andy Thomas, M.D.
Ryan Vesler
Arlene and Michael Weiss
LaVerne and Archie Williamson

*As of July 2, 2020

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