Official King Arts Complex Updates

Keeping you up-to-date with the latest updates from the King Arts Complex.


Those attending in-person events agree to follow all safety protocols outlined by the CDC, local authorities, and the King Arts Complex as well as any additional requirements posted on-site.

We understand the King Arts Complex's importance in our community and the historical and cultural significance of our institution. We have been receiving questions about a Facebook post which states we are for sale. Please know we are not being sold and we are not going out of business!

While we exercised our right to exit the lease of the Pythian building in 2019, our offices remain in the Garfield building which is immediately adjacent to it. It is our understanding that the Masons still own their building. We remain in the neighborhood and continue to offer a robust program of educational and cultural opportunities for the people of Columbus.

It’s also important to stress that our office move was a business decision that considers our obligation to be good stewards of the generous donations we receive. As we have done throughout our history, we will continue to make fiscally responsible decisions that allow us to fulfill our mission: to connect community through the arts.

The King Arts Complex remains The King Arts Complex at 835 Mount Vernon Avenue.

We are in the midst of a $1.5 million renovation of the KAC Garfield side.

We do not have any relationship with Eastland Mall. During this pandemic season, Easton Town Center reached out to us and graciously offered a space to help out while we undergo renovations and deal with covid concerns.

We have ongoing programming in the Easton and Mount Vernon Avenue spaces and have painted social justice murals on our Garfield building and the windows at the Easton space.

WE ARE OPEN… just operating differently because your safety is our number one priority!

As a community leader, in the middle of a global, economic, social and health crisis, we are continuing to serve you in a variety of ways:

Summer Camp
Armed with tablets and wifi connections supplied by The King Arts Complex, our summer campers spent six MAGNIFICENT weeks participating in STEAM activities, inclusive of literary, dance, visual and theatrical arts. Our Virtual Summer Camp ends today.

HeART of Protest
Convened by the King Arts Complex, the HeART of Protest, a 46 non-sequential day arts protest, running Juneteenth to Election Day, is led by young professional artists. They will demonstrate arts protests in response to the death of Mr. George Floyd and other victims of police brutality. Programming will be virtual with limited on-site performances.

First Tuesday Tea
Held the first Tuesday of each month, First Tuesday Tea, a program for seniors, resumed in May, digitally.

Dedicated to developing our community garden, KAC students and volunteers, are actively planting for you!

Suspended until further notice. We have taken this action out of an abundance of precaution with concerns about community spread and contact tracing.

KAC face lift
Scheduled to commence in just three short weeks, a $1.5 million construction project, inclusive of renovations to the Nicholson Auditorium and beautiful murals painted by local artists, will upgrade the look and feel of our campus.

We stand with you as a strong, vibrant community resource! We look forward to the day we return to on-site rentals and multiple programming where our community can come together and enjoy our rich culture and heritage.

Warmest regards,

Demetries J. Neely
Executive Director

The King Arts Complex is temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19

The well-being of our community is a primary concern of the King Arts Complex Staff and Board.  Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, our working hours have been altered and responses will be delayed.

The King Arts Complex takes the threat of COVID-19 very serious.  Effective March 26, we are temporarily closing to the public under Governor Mike DeWine’s Stay at Home Order.  Our staff will work remotely to continue our efforts to connect Community to the Arts.

Here are some other ways to connect with us during this time:

Visit to view updated information and future virtual programs

Send us a questions about our organization or programs

Visit our social media pages for archival photos and videos from The King Arts Complex:

The King Arts Complex is closely monitoring local, state and federal government recommendations to determine when we will resume normal operations. Until then, we look forward to continuing to entertain and educate you via one of these alternate channels.

Thank you,
The King Arts Complex

The health and safety of visitors are a primary concern of the King Arts Complex Staff and Board. Due to the uncertainties over Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact, the King Arts Complex has postponed all events in March 2020 until further notice. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced an order that bans mass gatherings of more than 10 people in a single room.

We will continue to provide updates about our hours of operation and future scheduled events as the situation evolves. The King Arts Complex understands the enormous challenges that face our community and world stemming from the Coronavirus pandemic and we take it very seriously.

We ask that you and your loved ones take the necessary precautions to limit the spread of the virus.

For more information and to track progress of coronavirus, please visit: ·

Columbus Public Health:

Ohio Department of Public Health:

Thank you,
The King Arts Complex

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