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Gov. Mike DeWine’s implementation of a statewide ban on large gatherings has put many Columbus-area musicians, at least temporarily, out of work during the coronavirus pandemic.

But thanks to a new online live concert series, the music will go on.

Ohio Alliance For Arts Education

Artists in financial need during the coronavirus shutdown can now apply for grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Ongoing event cancellations and business closures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic have thrust artists, music companies and behind-the-scenes entertainment workers into an unprecedented state of financial uncertainty.

WonderBus Festival takes place at CAS in Columbus.
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WonderBus Music And Arts Festival is keeping the wheels rolling for another seven years.

Five years after the death of Tamir Rice, his family is partnering with the Cleveland Foundation to create a fund for arts and community projects. The Tamir Rice Legacy Fund aims to connect youth with outlets for self-expression.

Samaria Rice created the fund in honor of her son’s love of art and says she hopes it will keep his memory alive.

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The Columbus Symphony is taking on the Underground Railroad.

Ohio Alliance For Arts Education

"The arts are education."

It's as simple as that for Jarrod Hartzler, who spent more than half a decade as the executive and artistic director of Akron's Tuesday Musical before accepting the position as executive director at the Ohio Alliance For Arts Education.

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An event this weekend celebrates the more than 100,000 sub-saharan Africans that live in Columbus. 

The Columbus African Festival will feature food, poetry, music, and more. The event is the first ever of its kind in the area. 

Today on All Sides Weekend with Clare Roth, we discuss the celebration and African culture. 


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When Toni Morrison received her Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, her remarks began with a reflection on the phrase once upon a time. In her signature, measured cadence, Morrison told the Swedish Academy she believed these were some of the first words we remember from our childhoods.

Eric Lanese teaches woodworking classes at the Idea Foundry, where he's been a member for seven years.
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In just a few years, the Columbus Idea Foundry has become a Franklinton staple.

Creatives like welders and woodworkers craft on the Foundry's bottom floor, while people using the co-working space upstairs sip lattes and type away on laptops.  People walk around with graphic tees and safety goggles, while others stake out open tables with machinery.

Civic Arts Project

Join All Sides Weekend guest host Christopher Purdy for a discussion on arts in Columbus and the Columbus Symphony.

Horror And Small Towns

Jul 25, 2019

Netflix hit series, Stranger Things, is set in a fictional small town, Hawkins, Indiana.

The setting of this series mirrors that of many other horror films. The nostalgic, seemingly-calm town with a dark secret or hidden terror. 

This archetype in the film and narrative genre is something that rings true for audiences. 

Today on All Sides, the magic of small towns in horror.

Ohio Theatre
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Opponents of Columbus’ ticket tax came up short on collecting signatures to put a ballot measure in front of voters in November. 

Anti-ticket tax petition signatures are counted at City Hall.
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Opponents of Columbus’ ticket tax submitted around 19,000 signatures Monday to put a ballot measure in front of voters in November.

Columbus Ticket Taxes Take Effect

Jul 3, 2019
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The new ticket tax in Columbus went into effect this week. 

The 5% tax will apply to some sporting events and arts venues, and is expected to raise some $6 million a year for the Greater Columbus Arts Council to funds arts in the city. 

But the tax is not without its challengers. A petition is circulating to remove the tax via ballot issue and would also prevent any similar tax in the future. 

Today on All Sides, the ticket tax and what to expect moving forward.