Push Your Creativity To The Next Level
Given the small-town sentimentality, the slower pace (at least by big city standards), and the congenial interactions of its citizens, Columbus represents the quintessential Midwestern city. The city itself seems less like a bustling metropolis and more like a great mix of divergent communities that happen to be placed right next to one another. For prospective art students, Columbus offers a great variety of festivals, including the Delaware Arts Festival, the Columbus Arts Festival, and the Easton Art Affair, as well as many others. In addition, the Columbus Museum of Art, which maintains a sculpture garden and a rather extensive permanent collection, and the Riffe Gallery, operated by the Ohio Arts Council, are wonderful attractions in the heart of the city. Moreover, the Dublin Arts Council not only services its own gallery, but has also commenced a highly praised “Art in Public Places” program. Though locals will admit they seem to lack a single characteristic or symbol that differentiates them from other Midwestern cities, the city of Columbus is dedicated to the development of the arts for and by its citizens. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, for example, spends over $2 million a year in support of the arts, provides grants for various artistic endeavors through project support, administers the Business Arts Partnership program, the Columbus Arts Festival, and the Community Arts Education program. Any art student considering attending a school in Columbus will certainly enjoy all that this city has to offer, including the occasional distractions offered by a certain Big Ten football team, which seems to be the one thing that can really turn this city upside down.