Temporary mural series is part of the citywide “I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance At 100” arts initiative

The Short North Arts District has long been a focus of public art projects, and this year is no exception as a temporary mural series, part of the “I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100” citywide celebration, takes to the neighborhood’s brick facades this week.

The Harlem Renaissance began as an emergence of the arts in New York’s traditionally black neighborhood after World War I and eventually made its way to Columbus, and specifically what’s now the King-Lincoln district, bringing with it African-American art, music, and literature. To celebrate the movement’s influence and, it’s hoped, to usher in a new renaissance, 30 Columbus arts and cultural organizations are curating programs in an initiative that began in January and will run through January 2019. Yohannan Terrell, CEO of Warhol and Wall St. and one of the curators of the mural campaign, said the mural series aims to elevate local African-American artists in collaboration with 10 galleries in the Short North.

“There’s a lot of rich talent here that hasn’t yet been discovered by the masses,” said Terrell, speaking during a recent presentation to Dispatch Magazines staff about the initiative.

The mural series is set to include works by black artists that include drawings, collage, paintings, charcoal, video stills, sculpture, photography, fabric and digital illustrations. Running along High Street and spread across 25 buildings, the murals are high-resolution photos of the artworks, printed on vinyl and adhered to the buildings. This allows the works, regardless of medium, to appear as if painted on the buildings.

The mural series will debut at the August Short North Gallery Hop this Saturday, August 4, and will remain in place for a minimum of 18 months. The 12 artists will discuss their work live during the hop from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For other events in the “I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 10,” visit the initiative's website.

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