Front Row Center Newsletter from the Greater Columbus Arts Counsil
Getting Down to “Bizness” at Junior Achievements BizTown
By Maggie Willis

A ten-year-old girl in a suit coat and skirt brushes past her friends, on a mission as she power-walks to the bank to open a savings account, while a near-by student bemoans that he “bounced a check.” Beneath a bright red City Hall, the mayor plays with his walrus moustache in top hat and tails, greeting the citizens who elected him. One tiny reporter says that he can’t take a break—he has a deadline. Another earnestly interviews her fellow fifth graders, getting the inside scoop on how they’ll be paying off their business loans.

Seem strange? Not at Junior Achievement BizTown (JA BizTown).

Junior Achievement of Central Ohio (JACO) program has been a part of the Columbus community since 1950, hosting educational events for K-12 students designed to give them the confidence and inspiration they need to succeed in a global business economy. One of JACO’s capstone programs is JA BizTown: a four week curriculum that educates fourth to sixth graders in the basic tenets of economics and citizenship in the classroom. In it, the students cover a variety of business skills, including the basics of balancing a checkbook, the importance of their rights and responsibilities as citizens and designing a business plan. The curriculum culminates in the day trip to the model town, JA BizTown, where, according to JA BizTown director Pete Crozier,  the children “run the world for a day,” and it becomes very clear how all the skills they’ve learned are relevant to real life.

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Twisted: A Trio of Excellence Artist Profile
Bryston Walters  Headshot fashion enthusiast, creator, performer
Bryston Walters

Photo by Amanda Pierce

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.

This month’s profile features Highball designer Bryston Walters. Walters is a creator and drag enthusiast living in Columbus. He’s a recent graduate of Columbus College of Art &nDesign and is the  founder of a self-labeled luggage and handbag company, Bryston Walters.

I have lived in Columbus my entire life, and absolutely love this city! I’ve been granted so many opportunities that I feel would’ve been impossible elsewhere.” – Bryston Walters 

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Sneak Peek

Short North Alliance Presents HighBall 2014

HighBall is about transformation, fantasy, and self-expression. Because at HighBall…you are what you wear.

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Columbus Dance Theatre Presents Dancers Making Dances

This program lies at the heart of CDT’s mission to emphasize the creation of new dance, fostering the future of the art form.

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Wexner Center Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

The Wexner Center for the Arts celebrates 25 years of bringing the best in contemporary art to area audiences.

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

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