Daily Distraction: GCAC launches arts passport program

Grab a free booklet, check out some arts events, get some stickers, win prizes

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
“Well seen becomes sight and song itself" by Melissa Vogley Woods at Hammond Harkins.

While a citywide mask mandate is now in effect, most arts institutions — from small galleries to big museums — are open, trying desperately to rebound after more than a year of COVID-related closures and tentative re-openings. 

As a push to go support these places, the Greater Columbus Arts Council launched the Columbus Makes Art Passport, a free booklet containing a whole bunch of arts events, performances, exhibitions and more in the months of September and October. Pick up a passport at one of the many participating locations, then get a sticker each time you visit a spot (23 Columbus artists provided 31 designs for the stickers). Depending on how many stickers you get, GCAC has a bunch of prizes you can redeem.

If you need a good place to start, Alive has already written about some of these fall arts events, including comics artist Patrick McDonnell's fantastic show at Urban Arts Space, the thought-provoking mural display of "BLM" at CCAD's Beeler GalleryMelissa Vogley Woods' incredible scagliola works at Hammond Harkins Gallery, "Divinely Aligned" at All People Arts on the South Side, and lots more.

Here's the thing: You don't need a passport to do any of this stuff. But it's a good reminder to support the arts in Columbus. Without that support, local artists and arts purveyors lose their livelihood, and our city loses its flavor.