Artscape: Gateway to the arts?

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

So far, business entrepreneurs haven't had the best luck bringing life to South Campus Gateway. The Arts Initiative at Ohio State is hoping artists will fare better.

From an office off the Gateway's pedestrian plaza, the Arts Initiative spearheads OSU's efforts to be a leading force in local arts. Its current project, Arts Alley, invites local visual and performing artists to submit proposals for use of some of the empty Gateway property.

One retail space will be offered to artists in different concentrations collaborating on an extended project (it's available for a year), while the Arts Initiative's own office will be opened up to individual artists for shows in a monthly rotation. A third space will be taken over by an "arts institutional partner" not announced at press time.

"We are really excited for this project to be getting off the ground," explained public relations director Victoria Ellwood. "It reflects our goal to support emerging artists in town, build an active alliance of entrepreneurial artists and create a dynamic community of visual and performing artists in the Gateway neighborhood."

Proposals are being accepted through Sept. 7. Click to the Bad and the Beautiful blog for a link to an Arts Alley application, and for more details on the impending Gateway arts partnership as they're announced.