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Cover photo taken on June 19, 2020 during our Juneteenth Festival: Celebrating Freedom (more information below)

Thirty 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 Steering Committee for the project includes leaders from The King Arts Complex (convener), CAPA, COSI, Columbus Museum of Art and WOSU.  HeART of Protest began on June 19 (Juneteenth) and will continue until the 46 days of programming have been honored (and 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.

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

“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

Start Date:

Friday, June 19, 2020 (Juneteenth)

End Date:

TBD

UPCOMING EVENTS

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46 Days: Documentation of Events

Day 1 - Juneteenth Festival: Celebrating Freedom

June 19, 2020

Day 2 - Free COVID-19 Testing: Equitas Health

July 28, 2020

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

July 31, 2020

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Day 4 - The Amos Lynch Series Featuring Bobby Floyd & Paisha Thomas

August 7, 2020

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Day 5 - The Amos Lynch Series Featuring Ty Lemar

August 21, 2020

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Day 6 - The Call - Virtual Conversation with Artists

August 22, 2020

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Day 7 - Dialogue: Racial Inequity in the Age of Covid-19 (WOSU)

September 8, 2020

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Day 8 - The Amos Lynch Series Featuring K. Daniel

September 11, 2020

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Day 9 - Impressions: Connecting Through Chamber Music (Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington)

September 12, 2020

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Day 10 - Columbus Symphony Community Concert (Columbus Symphony)

September 19, 2020

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Day 11 - Free Voting Registration

September 25, 2020

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Day 12 - The Amos Lynch Series Featuring Christina Myles

September 25, 2020

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Day 13 - Speak Your Peace (Campaign)

October 2 - November 3, 2020

A community effort to respond to the trauma and violence of these historic times in a peaceful way through poetry, writing, photography, painting, dance and other forms of artistic expression.

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Day 14 - Good And Troubled Readings In The Dark: “The Purple Flower” and Other Warnings

October 3, 2020

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Day 15 - The HeART of the Protest at Franklin Park Conservatory

October 4, 2020

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Day 16 - One Voice, One Message: Black Lives Matter (Hybrid Arts Lab)

October 5 - October 20, 2020

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Day 17 - Heritage Music Festival: The Conspiracy Band (Easton Town Center)

October 8, 2020

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Day 18 - Say It Out Loud Columbus featuring MIIR YLLW and Tripp Fontane

October 9, 2020

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Day 19 - Say It Out Loud Columbus featuring DJ O Sharp

October 12, 2020

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Day 20 - Dialogue on Election 2020: Making Our Votes Count

October 13, 2020

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Day 21 - Virtual Heritage Music Festival: Urban Jazz Coalition

October 15, 2020

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Day 22 - Virtual Heritage Music Festival: Thumpdaddy Band

October 22, 2020

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Day 23 - Plays Toward An Anti-Racist Tomorrow (CATCO is Theatre and Catco is Kids)

October 24, 2020

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Day 24 - Say It Out Loud Columbus featuring Ebri Yahloe

October 25, 2020

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Day 25 - Say It Out Loud Columbus featuring Paisha Thomas

October 27, 2020

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Day 26 - Virtual Heritage Music Festival Featuring the Bobby Floyd Trio

October 29, 2020

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Day 27 - Tomashi Jackson: Love Rollercoaster (Exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts)

September 26 - December 27, 2020

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Day 28 - Spoken Word Artist: Playon Patrick (CAPA)

November 6, 2020

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Day 29 - The Harlem Renaissance: Teach Them to Dream (Momentum Excellence)

November 17, 2020

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Day 30 - Songs of Hope and Healing with Crucial Conversations (Jazz Arts Group)

November 19, 2020

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Day 31 - Gramercy Book Club LIVE! on Zoom: Jevon Collins leads discussion of Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to Be an Antiracist” (Gramercy Books Bexley)

November 24, 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

Ohio Voting Information
Election Day: November 3, 2020

Registration deadlines:
By mail - Oct 5
In person - Oct 5
Absentee voter deadlines:
Application by mail - Oct 31
Application in person - Nov 2
Submission by mail - Nov 2
Submission in person - Nov 3

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Columbus Metropolitan Library - HeART of Protest Booklist

September 25, 2020

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Speak Your Peace Campaign

A community effort to respond to the trauma and violence of these historic times in a peaceful way through poetry, writing, photography, painting, dance and other forms of artistic expression.

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Columbus Metropolitan Library - Let’s Talk About Race: One Book – One Community

January 24, 2021

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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
HOMAGE

Jazz Arts Group
Lincoln Theatre
McConnell Arts Center
Momentum
MLK Library
Ohio Black Dance Festival
Ohio History Connection
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
George Barrett
Heather and Frederic Bertley
Barbara and David Brandt
Felicia and Marvin Clayton
Janelle and Michael B. 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
Antoinette and Kyle Gray
Bonita and Archie Griffin
Jennifer and Andy Griffith
Cindy and Larry Hilsheimer
Lisa Ingram and Greg Guy
Donna and Larry James
Olivia Johnson

Linda and Frank Kass

Mary and Tom L. Katzenmeyer
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

Demetries J. Neely
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

Presenting Sponsors – Easton Community Foundation and the Ohio State Bar Foundation

Platinum Sponsors – The IMC Foundation and PNC Bank

Diamond Sponsors – Encova Insurance, First Merchants Bank and Tito's Handmade Vodka

Gold Sponsors – Covelli Enterprises, Kyle Gray, HOMAGE, Huntington National Bank, Park National Bank and Platinum TDM 

Silver Sponsors – Crabbe, Brown and James, Equitas Health, Gramercy Books, Grange Insurance, NBC4 and U.S. Bank

Bronze Sponsors – Crane Group, Get Up Stand Up - 5K Virtual Race, Jewish Foundation, Mollard Consulting, Momentum Excellence, Nationwide Children's Hospital,  Value City Furniture / Schottenstein Corporation, and 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 November 19, 2020

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