As we seek to inspire compassion and support for the 65 million people in our world who are fleeing war, terror and persecution, you are warmly invited to attend The Columbus Crossing Borders art reception on August 31 at the lovely Shumacher Gallery at Capital University. Bring your family and your friends to view this 34-painting exhibit. Meet the artists and learn about the refugee community. Free admission, easy parking. Refreshments and music provided.
The Columbus Crossing Borders Project was created in response to the alarming levels of anti-immigration sentiment and racism being stirred throughout our country. This project consists of 34 painters and a film crew employing art as a means to instigate critical thinking and compassion for the millions of refugees in our world.
Through partnership with refugee relief organizations, we have met and worked with refugees who have been willing to share their stories on film — these being the stories that contribute inspiration for the Columbus Crossing Borders artwork. As the exhibit moves from left to right, each painting contains an element that reaches into the painting beside it. In other words, the artists have been asked not to be territorial with their work, as they are required to «cross the borders» into the following painting. Each artist must resolve challenges that arise as they cross their neighbor's border. Perhaps a hand is reaching from one painting into the next. Maybe a figure is moving from one painting into another. Ultimately, these artists are creating spaces that allow their works to overlap and integrate harmoniously. And throughout the exhibit, as paintings and diversities flow in their combined efforts, what emerges is a bigger, more beautiful outcome resulting from a cooperative community.
This event is provided with support from the
Greater Columbus Arts Council