Arts & Culture

Mary Maxon was out raking hay on her tractor yesterday morning when a beep on her phone alerted her to the good news. The arts organization she runs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota had just been awarded a $50,000 grant through the CARES Act.

As Entertainment Venues Reopen, Will People Go?

Jun 26, 2020

As restaurants, museums and movie theaters reopen, the majority of U.S. adults do not yet feel comfortable patronizing them, according to a new national survey.

Columbus Arts Fest In Place

Jun 11, 2020
The Columbus Arts Festival
Paul Cook / Flickr

In March, when a 100-year pandemic shuttered museums, music venues, theaters, dance troupes and more, the arts community was thrust into full-on crisis mode.

Still, artists of all stripes found endless and creative ways to connect people to art.

Columbus’ largest annual arts event, which typically brings more than 400,000 downtown each June, starts Friday with a virtual reboot.

Across the country, music venues remain closed due to the pandemic — and according to a new survey, 90 percent of independent venue owners, promoters and bookers say that they will have to close permanently within the next few months, if they can't get an infusion of targeted government funding.

The theatre, seen here with a temporary front facade, partially collapsed late Thursday.
Avalon Theatre / Facebook

A years-long effort to restore a historic theater in uptown Marysville suffered a major setback Thursday night when part of the building collapsed. 

Movie theatres like the AMC at Easton Town Center will be allowed to reopen on June 10.
David Holm / WOSU

The state is allowing the reopening of larger entertainment venues on June 10, including movie theaters, museums and zoos. Health officials say companies will have to look over every facet of their venue in order to comply with the protocols.

Across the state of Ohio, local music venues are struggling as the coronavirus pandemic has forced these entertainment hotspots to keep operations at a standstill. Local musicians who rely on live performances to earn a steady income have suffered with planned concerts canceled or postponed indefinitely.

The marquee on the Ohio Theatre in April 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus has lost about $145 million in tourist spending due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Looking out from the Tapestry Unit onto a courtyard at the Ohio Reformatory For Women.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

The Columbus nonprofit We Amplify Voices debuted a song Friday co-written by inmates in an addiction recovery program at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.

As different parts of the economy move to reopen, many arts and culture groups are discussing what reopening could look like for museums, theaters and music venues.

“We anticipate that we’ll see museums perhaps being more readily prepared to open sooner than performing arts organizations,” said Megan VanVoorhis, president of Arts Cleveland.

Museums could limit the number of people in galleries through timed entry and direct people to use different entrances, for instance, to space out the number of visitors.

Elm Road Drive-In Theatre in Warren, Ohio, reopened over the weekend.
Elm Road Drive-In Theatre / Facebook

Much of the country remains shut down because of the coronavirus, but one nostalgic form of entertainment gets back into full swing in Ohio this weekend.

color photo of a Zoom meeting on a laptop screen
Amy Blosser / Bexley High School Vocal Ensemble

Normally, the singers in the Bexley High School Vocal Ensemble would see each other and sing together 47 minutes a day, five days a week.

Press Southworth III, left, survived his battle with COVID-19.
Kimberlee Goodman / Facebook

Press Southworth III, CEO of the Jazz Arts Group, is among the more than 15,000 Ohioans who have contracted COVID-19 and lived to tell the story.

color photo of split screen with Devin Copfer playing violin and Shane Harris playing tuba
Devin Copfer and Shane Harris / Courtesy of Chamber Brews

A glass artist making sculptures in her garage. Musicians playing duets by splicing together self-recorded video. A dance company holding classes and auditions on Zoom.

Ohio’s COVID-19 stay-at-home directive has forced some Columbus artists to get creative about how they work.