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Over twenty-five arts and cultural organizations in Columbus have teamed up for The HeART of Protest. The King Arts Complex is convening this effort, which will includes 46 (non-sequential) days of artistic protest determined by each organization and local artists to honor the 46 years of Mr. George Floyd’s life. This effort will be both a catalyst and a documentation of the global social justice movement that is underway.

“The arts have always been at the center, sometimes at the front, of social justice reform. In the true spirit of collaboration, the arts community has joined The King Arts Complex to show support for black lives matter and protest through the arts.” – Demetries J. Neely, Executive Director

The Steering Committee for the project includes leaders from The King Arts Complex (convener), CAPA, COSI, Columbus Museum of Art and WOSU.  HeART of Protest begins on June 19 (Juneteenth) and will continue until November 3, 2020 or beyond.

HeART of Protest features unique art installations, performances and community events under the artistic guidelines of pain, promises, protect and progress.  Each partner organization will present existing or new work that focuses on telling the story of black America, from slavery to the present day. All of the programs will be documented through video and photography.

Start Date:

Friday, June 19, 2020 (Juneteenth)

End Date:

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

*Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, in person programs will have limited attendance. All scheduled virtual programs are open to the public.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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46 Days: Documentation of Resources

Day 1 - Juneteenth Festival: Celebrating Freedom

June 19, 2020

Day 2 - Free COVID-19 Testing: Equitas Health

July 28, 2020

Equitas - COVID Flyer copy

Day 3 - Aminah Robinson’s Artist Residency Housewarming - Columbus Metropolitan Library

July 31, 2020

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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

Corporate Sponsors

Jane Grote Abell and Tom Krouse
Donna and Nick Akins
Jamie and Steve Allen
Lori Barreras and Alex Fischer
The Honorable Joyce Beatty and Otto Beatty, Esq.
Barbara and David Brandt
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
Densie and Michael Glimcher
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

Crabbe, Brown and James

Easton Community Foundation
Equitas Health
First Merchants Bank
Get Up Stand Up - 5K Virtual Race
Gramercy Books
Grange Insurance
HOMAGE
Huntington National Bank
IMC Foundation
Jewish Foundation

Mollard Consulting
Momemtum Excellence

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Park National Bank

Platinum TDM

PNC Bank

U.S. Bank

Value City Furniture / Schottenstein Corporation

Wasserstrom Company

 

“Additional support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal CARES Act of 2020.”

 

*As of July 27, 2020

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