Arts & Culture

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.

color photo of man looking at artwork inside Brandt-Roberts Galleries
publicity photo / Courtesy of Brandt-Roberts Galleries

Even when Michelle Brandt was battling Stage IV colon cancer in 2018, her contemporary art gallery, the Short North’s Brandt-Roberts Galleries, stayed open. But in the wake of Gov. Mike DeWine’s mandated closure of non-essential businesses, Brandt’s gallery has now been closed for three weeks – and no one can say when it will reopen.

color photo of empty interior of the Ohio Theatre
JRD Photography / Wikimeia Commons

As Ohio’s COVID-19 crisis continues, Columbus-area arts organizations have canceled dozens of performances by local and visiting artists, world premieres of new musical works, exhibitions, classes, international tours and other events this spring. All anticipate major financial losses in the wake of Gov. Mike DeWine’s executive order banning large gatherings.

Columbus Arts Festival has been canceled for 2020.
Joe Maiorana / Columbus Arts Festival

The start of summer might feel a bit different in Columbus this year. The Columbus Arts Festival has been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Arts And COVID-19

Mar 30, 2020
Ohio Theatre
Jrdphotography / Wikimedia Commons

COVID-19 has hit the arts community particularly hard. Concerts, theaters, shows, museums and other performance venues are canceled or closed, leaving thousands with no work and giving new meaning to the “starving artist” label.