FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2015
Contact: Jami Goldstein
Columbus, Ohio—Sign Your Art, the brainchild of Columbus artist Stephanie Rond, is a project where the city of Columbus becomes the gallery. This is a first-of-its-kind street art project that will engage local artists and members of the public to create a unique art installation across the entire city.
Local artists and attendees of the Columbus Arts Festival will make art on 6” x 8” wood tiles that, pending approval of the Columbus Public Art Commission, will be installed in groups of five on street signs in strategic locations across the city to spell out the word “ART” on a Google Pin Map of Columbus.
Additionally, a request has been made by the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Rond to the Google Cultural Institute: Street Art Project to be included on their site of street art from around the world. The project is meant to be a physical manifestation of the new arts marketing campaign Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art that will launch at the Festival. The campaign focuses on the stories of our city’s artists, in all disciplines. The duration of the street art installation would be four weeks in mid-summer, but if approved by Google it will live forever online in the Google archives.
The project will pay an honorarium to 64 local artists to create inspirational tiles that will be displayed at the Festival. Artists of all disciplines have been invited to create tiles so some may be paintings or collage while others might contain poems, photographs and/or representations of the performing arts. On site the project will be led by Rond and Columbus visual artist Catherine Bell Smith. The booth will be located on Civic Center Drive just north of the Rich Street Bridge.
The 64 pieces created by professional artists will form the backbone of the public installation. Each inspirational tile will be used as an anchor for four other pieces made by the community at the Arts Festival. The Columbus Arts Festival has presented a community art project before but it has been several years since the last project.
9/18/15 update: Visit the ColumbusMakesArt.com site to see how the final project came together around Columbus.
Festival Hours: Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to www.columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.php.
For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8531 or visit www.columbusartsfestival.org for a complete list of artists, entertainers, stage schedules, interactive arts activities and more. The Festival website is optimized for mobile and smartphone viewing.
The 2015 Columbus Arts Festival is sponsored by American Electric Power, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Huntington Bank, LBrands Foundation, Piada Italian Street Food, Worthington Industries, Express, Mayco & Buckeye Ceramic Supply, The Sheraton Columbus, Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Columbus Downtown, Blue Moon Brewery Co., Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Pepsi and Kroger. Media sponsors include WOSU Public Media, ABC6, Columbus Monthly, The Columbus Dispatch, Lamar Outdoor, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel, RBX, CD102.5, Mix 107.9, and WCBE 90.5.
About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.