“Holler,” a month of black art, is underway

“Holler,” Scott Woods' month-long series of arts events and performances highlighting black artists from the Columbus area, is underway. (You may have read our feature story about the series in last week's issue.) There is literally something to check out every night, which is kind of the point.

With support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Woods has put together a 31-day slate of arts events – music, dance, spoken word, DJ, visual arts, drama – at 11 different venues with 60-plus acts in all. “You're going to have to go around, but every night you can think about black art, you can find some,” Woods said.

One of Woods' favorite artist-venue pairings hits this weekend when DJ Krate Digga will hold court at the Columbus Museum of Art.

“It was important to me to put certain art in places where it could really shine,” Woods said. “I got a DJ, who I commissioned to do an original musical piece, at the [Columbus Museum of Art], because that's where you should premiere original art. And they were happy to come on board.”

The following night, spoken-word poet Barbara Fant will perform at Kafe Kerouac. I'm not one to tell Woods his business, but it seems like Fant is an artist without whom a month-long series of black art could not be had. Fant's work comes from both the bottom of her soul and the bottom of her toes — a full heart and full body experience that uplifts, questions, encourages and challenges.