Last weekend was the Columbus Arts Festival, and it was a wonderful success if I do say so myself. Thank you so much for coming out to support us and our artists, and if you missed it be sure to mark your calendars for next year!
Though the festival has passed, there is still plenty of art-related activities around Columbus this weekend. In fact, this weekend is full of events to celebrate two really important things happening this month: Pride and Juneteenth!
The Pride Festival, Pride on High, is back in person this year. There is a Pride March Saturday, June 18. Step off is at 10:30 a.m. located at Broad and High. There is also a Pride Festival at Goodale Park Friday, June 17 from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday June 18 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
There are a number of Juneteenth celebrations all around Columbus this weekend. Here are some of the ones I am most excited for:
- The Maroon Arts Group is presenting Freedomworks: Juneteenth Fireworks. It starts at 9:30 p.m. on June 18 and viewing space and parking are available at and near Columbus State Community College.
- The King Arts Complex is hosting Juneteenth on the Ave June 18 noon – 6 p.m. This is a collaboration between community-based organizations around Columbus to celebrate Black resilience and creativity. The event will have performances, screenings, hands-on activities and food trucks.
- The 25th annual Juneteenth Ohio Festival is June 18 and 19 from noon – 3p.m. located in Genoa Park.
Lastly I would like to highlight some art debuts happening this weekend:
- The Art Quilt Alliance opens their exhibition Thread of a Poem, featuring nontraditional quilting that embraces literal and abstract translations of poetry. This exhibition is hosted by the Dublin Arts Council and is on view starting June 14.
- This actually opened last weekend, at the Wexner Center for the Arts: Portal for(e) the Ephemeral Passage an interdisciplinary exhibition that amplifies Black Feminist Voices both in exhibition and in performance. It is on display now through August from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is free.
(Image credit: Portal for(e) the Ephemeral Passage from Ohio EventFinder )
Madison is the Marketing and Events Intern for the Greater Columbus Arts Council who is incredibly excited to celebrate her heritage and culture through all the Juneteenth celebrations happening this weekend.