Arts & Culture

Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Over the past 50 years the number of American women serving as Catholic nuns has declined sharply. In 1965 there were nearly 200-thousand nuns, now only 50,000 serve.

A local order this past weekend opened its doors to show how they live and work in Central Ohio.

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Columbus Metropolitan Library officials have changed plans regarding the main downtown branch. Officials now say the building on Grant Avenue will be closed while renovations take place.

Originally a portion of the building would have remained open. But Library spokesman Ben Zenitsky says that idea proved impractical. He says employees as well as some books are being sent to other library branches.

An Ohio man has been tentatively selected to be the creator for a new sculpture of Ohio native Thomas A. Edison for Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. 

The summer may be wrapping up, but that doesn't mean the art world is slowing down. Join "All Sides Weekend" host Christopher Purdy and guests for a late summer preview of the best music, dance, and theater Columbus has to offer. Always a delight! Guests:

All Sides Weekend: Summer Arts

Jun 13, 2014

11:00 The Columbus Arts Festival may be behind us, but the city's art scene is just heating up! We'll talk about what's hot in music, dance and visual arts, and find out why local singers have love, jealousy, betrayal and murder on the mind. To be? Not? The Actors' Theatre has tons of free Shakespeare, and we'll get the details this hour. Guests

11:00 Everybody likes a night on the town, but it can be hard to experience what central Ohio has to offer without breaking the bank. This hour we'll talk about how to see the latest shows and exhibits even if your wallet's feeling light. And we'll get a rundown of all the latest dance, arts, theater and music events to put on your must-see list. Guests

11:00 Everyone should have equal access to the arts, but few theaters and programs are designed with the specific needs of the audience in mind. This hour we'll talk about a local organization that works to promote the enrichment of art  for all abilities, across all mediums. Guests

All Sides Weekend: Arts Retrospective

Dec 13, 2013

11:00 They say hindsight is 20/20, so put on your specs and get ready to gaze into the rear view mirror.   This hour, Christopher Purdy and his panel take a look back at the best of 2013's dance, music, theater and visual arts in Columbus. They'll also discuss what it takes to keep the arts in business, and what trends to look for in 2014.   Guests

11:00 On this hour of All Sides, Classical 101 Host Christopher Purdy will host a panel on the top arts and culture in central Ohio. Guests

10:00 Today we'll talk to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and the President of the Greater Columbus Arts Council about the economic development of the arts. Guests:

  • Rocco Landesman (Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts)
  • Milt Baughman (President, Greater Columbus Arts Council)

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American Arts And Culture After 9/11

Sep 9, 2011

This hour on All Sides join us for a look at American arts and culture that have been affected by the events of September 11, 2001. Guests:

  • Frank Gabrenya, Film Critic, Columbus Dispatch
  • Laura Miller, co-founder and senior writer
  • Christopher Bedford, Chief Curator of Exhibitions, OSU Wexner Center for the Arts
  • Eric Gnezda, composer/singer/songwriter
  • Arkadiy Gips, violinist

Expressing Social Issues through Art

Jun 2, 2011

Art can focus our attention on social issues such as racism, homophobia, and the environment. Today we’ll talk about the valuable role artists play in communicating ideas and provoking social change. We’ll discuss the intersection between art and activism with artists who create art to bring attention to injustice and problems...and attempt to bring about political or social change.