Front Row Center Newsletter from the Greater Columbus Arts Counsil
The Harmony Project: Sing. Serve. Share.
By: Jennifer Sadler

David Brown came to Columbus in 2009 with a huge dream – a crazy dream – a community choir that embraced everyone, anyone who wanted to sing.  People said he couldn’t do it.  It would never work.  Well, just four short years later The Harmony Project not only is thriving but it, and more importantly the people involved, are making a BIG difference in the community.  He laughs and shakes his head when he remembers naively thinking that Columbus might not be “diverse enough” for his vision of the project.

The Harmony Project, which has received project support funding from GCAC, has so many elements; it’s difficult to define it.  Is it an arts organization?  Is it a service organization?

Brown, founder and creative director for The Harmony Project said he gets it when people ask those questions.

“I guess if you want to define arts in a conventional way, we’re not really an arts organization,” said Brown.  “But nothing about art is supposed to be conventional.”

A better way to describe the non-profit organization, and as stated on their website is that The Harmony Project is the “art of community.”

Their mission is to transform the community through service and song and to provide meaningful opportunities for people to work toward performing at an artistic level they may have never imagined.  Anyone is welcome to the choir, regardless of their talent level, as long as they can dedicate time to volunteer – and they end up bonding through the collective experience of community service.

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Now Playing: Ohio Art League features Mike May Artist Profile
KENT GROSSWILER Headshot Drummer, poet, creative writer, actor and painter

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 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 a few of the many talented individuals who make up central Ohio’s thriving creative community. This month’s profile features longtime Columbus resident, Kent Grossiler.  Grosswiler is a drummer, poet, creative writer, actor and a painter – and has his hands in many more creative endeavors than space for us to cover.  Grosswiler has been a fixure in the Columbus music scene for more than 20 years as a drummer in countless, successful bands.  He’s well-known in Columbus’ tight-knit arts community as a mult-talented, super nice guy—and has a bit of a cult following of his wildly funny and irreverent haikus posted almost daily on his Facebook page. 

 By Jennifer Sadler

My friend, Rob Jones, basically tricked me into being a painter. In 2005 he and I were hanging out and I thought we were just going to listen to records and drink coffee. He showed me his studio and asked me to paint the door. I can’t even properly describe how adverse I was to his request. I mean, I really did not want to do it. However, I didn’t want to look like a jerk so I painted it. It was horrible. I was over there a few weeks later and he asked me to paint the other side. I was kind of warmed up at that point and was enjoying the process a bit more. I looked at his paintings to see how to do certain things and asked him questions. So over the next five years, almost always in conjunction with hanging out with Rob, I’d paint a little, two or three paintings a year at the most. Around Memorial Day weekend 2010, we were hanging out, painting and enjoying one another’s company, and I got obsessed and haven’t stopped.”


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Sneak Peek

Etsy Team Columbus Presents Eco-Chic Craftacular

Indie art and craft lovers take note! The 5th annual Eco-Chic Craftacular, an indie arts and crafts show created by Etsy Team Columbus, will be held at the Whetstone Community Recreation Center in Clintonville on Saturday, May 4.

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Otterbein University Presents Summer Theatre 2013

Join Otterbein University’s Summer Theatre for a romantic summer stroll and live, laugh and sing about love. The season will open on May 30 with Almost, Maine, a sweet romantic comedy about life in a small mythical town seemingly within reach of the northern lights. Almost’s residents fall in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious in a delightful midwinter night’s dream.

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Thurber House Presents Spring Evenings with Authors

Thurber House Evenings with Authors program continues to bring the Columbus community a stellar roster of writing talent that crosses all genres; many of them award winners and bestsellers. Thurber House’s mission is to celebrate the written word for the education and entertainment of the broadest possible audience, and to continue the legacy of James Thurber. The Evenings with Authors series is a commitment to that mission.

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

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