Front Row Center Newsletter from the Greater Columbus Arts Counsil
Tracy Z. Turner

Columbus’ core downtown neighborhoods each have their own distinctive character, but they share a common denominator:  the arts have emerged as central to their identity. New art walks, projects and grassroots organizations emerge almost daily proving that though these communities are bustling they are also ripe for transformation. Here’s a quick look at the present and possible future of three of Columbus’ major arts districts, poised to shift the landscape of the entire city.


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Devon Palmer: Accomplished Wood Turner Artist Profile
Mike Siculan of Pupaphobia Headshot puppeteer, lecturer, performer, collector
Mike Siculan of Pupaphobia

As the most comprehensive online events guide and resource for arts and culture in central Ohio, offers a virtual guide through the Columbus art world with a searchable database of events, concerts, performances and more. is an engaging place for artists and arts organizations to share what they do, with thousands of users per month. The Artist Directory allows visual, performing and literary artists to create a profile and portfolio to showcase their work—for free—and enables art enthusiasts to easily search for and connect with them. Our monthly artist profile series features interviews with some of the many talented individuals who make up central Ohio’s thriving creative community.

For this issue, our marketing intern, Elly Norton, interviewed local artist Mike Siculan, a skilled puppeteer, performer and collector to learn more about his work and performances known as Pupaphobia.

“The name Pupaphobia , the fear of puppets, came about as I did live demonstrations and noticed a number of  people, younger ones in particular were terrified of marionettes. So  my friend and fellow performer Franco Ruffini  and I have set out to show that marionettes are not really scary at all – just fascinating.”

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Sneak Peek

Ohioana Library Presents 2015 Ohioana Book Festival

The 2015 Ohioana Book Festival will be presented on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Columbus on Capitol Square. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be a fun-filled day with panel discussions, a book fair, children’s activities, food and music.

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2015 OhioDance Festival and Conference

The OhioDance Festival and Conference is an annual statewide celebration of dance through classes, workshops, discussions and performances. The conference is inherently creative as the brightest talents in dance converge on Columbus to share new ideas and innovations in the field of dance.

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The Wexner Center for the Arts Presents the theater is a blank page

Catch a signature moment of the Wexner Center’s 25th Anniversary Season this month with the world premiere of the theater is a blank page April 23–26. The project pairs theater innovators SITI Company with renowned visual artist Ann Hamilton; both have longstanding relationships with the Wex—and, more recently, with each other.

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GCAC appreciates and acknowledges support from: City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council.

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