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Many artists like to create works in response to current events.  But sometimes, the cost of materials, equipment and studio space are too high, and it takes forever to jump through the hoops necessary to get financial backing.  A new fund aims to help local artists react to the latest headlines.

Filmmaker Cigdem Slankard, an assistant professor of film and media arts at Cleveland State University, is one of those artists. In her studio, she smiled at a scene from her latest production, playing out on the editing screen.

"On Board(hers)" is a dance performance at the Columbus College of Art and Design about the impact of immigration on women.
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In a completely white room within the Columbus College Of Art And Design's Beeler Gallery, a group of women tear down a large white wall – sort of. Working together, on their instructor Lucille Toth's count, they push it over with a boom.

All Sides Weekend Arts

Mar 22, 2019

Join guest host Christopher Purdy for a discussion about arts in Columbus.

City governments and community organizations often turn to local artists to brighten-up abandoned neighborhood walls. Eyesores are beautified and artists get a chance to earn some money.  But, arts advocates argue that artists offer much more than decoration to area neighborhoods.  

All Sides Weekend: Books

Mar 8, 2019
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy as we discuss the Columbus library's latest "Quick Picks" and more.

'Hamilton' Cast Visits Hamilton, Ohio

Feb 27, 2019

The city of Hamilton knew it didn't want to throw away its shot when Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton came to Cincinnati. Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller on Wednesday presented two actors from the touring production, now at the Aronoff, with a proclamation honoring the hit show.

The arts are often trumpeted as an amenity that makes Ohio a better place to live, but a new study suggests that the state’s writers, performers and other creatives account for a

$41-billion contribution to the economy.

The study also defines creative workers more broadly than people may typically think by including people working in fields like media and design.

All Sides Weekend Arts: Opera Columbus "The Flood"

Jan 25, 2019
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Join guest host Christopher Purdy for a discussion about arts in Columbus. 

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russia, works against Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois during Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Nationwide Arena.
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Opponents of a recently approved Columbus ticket tax ordinance missed the deadline to challenge the measure through a referendum.

Columbus Blue Jackets John Tortorella head coach John Tortorella.
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Facing stiff opposition, Columbus leaders have downsized a proposed ticket tax. The new plan lowers the tax from 7 percent to 5 percent, and it also better defines where the money will go. But some opponents still threaten to take the issue to the ballot.

All Sides Weekend: Arts

Oct 26, 2018
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Join host Christopher Purdy for a discussion about the Broadway show "Aladdin" opening in Columbus, and the Harlem Renaissance celebration. 

Theatre And Addressing Racism

Oct 15, 2018
Wexner Center for the Arts
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Theatre is a powerful tool for introducing tough and sobering topics into our everyday conversations.

Racism is one of those challenging topics. Through spoken word, acting and visual performances, we can better understand and engage in thinking about the treatment and experiences of black people in modern America.  

Today on All Sides, guest host Gail Hogan joins us as we talk about theatre as a tool for spurring dialogue about racism.

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Stadium lights atop tall poles oversee a pedestrian barrier stretching for miles along a section of the border wall between Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, in the Mexican state of Sonora.
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The U.S. border wall with Mexico is frequently in the news, but few people have a chance to visit it up close, or to see details of the various sections.

Ticket Tax In Columbus

Sep 4, 2018
Nationwide Arena
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The Greater Columbus Arts Council wants a 7 percent tax placed on tickets or admission to all events in the city. The ticket-tax, which would raise money for the arts and bankroll upgrades to Nationwide Arena, includes sports games, concerts, performances, movies and events.

Today on All Sides we discuss the pros and cons of a ticket-tax in Columbus.

Columbus Southern Theatre looking out at the seating area from the stage
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Columbus artists, entrepreneurs and residents gathered in a meeting room at Ohio Dominican University on Tuesday to hear from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Some clutched paper cups filled with hot coffee, while others pulled out notebooks and pens.

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