Front Row Center Newsletter from the Greater Columbus Arts Counsil
Renovations at the Columbus Museum of Art & Columbus' Creative Evolution
by Nick Dekker

The renovations at the Columbus Museum of Art—ready for their big reveal at the end of October— are a major step, and a very visible one, in the Museum’s growth, but they’re only one point on a longer continuum that sees the museum adapting to serve Columbus’ changing community.

The renovations have their origins in 2007 with the Art Matters campaign, an endowment and capital campaign to raise $80 million. Nancy Colvin, marketing and communications manager for the museum, said the initiative had three goals: sustainability, competitiveness, and public value. All three goals support the museum’s long-term impact on the city, both culturally and financially.

The new Margaret M. Walter Wing adds 50,000 square feet of exhibition space, allowing the museum to be more competitive in acquiring permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. Behind the scenes are administrative and infrastructure developments that enable the museum to operate more efficiently and to meet more industry standards.

But the new wing offers more than just additional square footage. “We’re making sure the space we’re building is flexible to address museum needs now and 20 years from now,” said Colvin. “When you see the new wing, for instance, none of those internal walls are load-bearing, so it can grow and change over the years.”

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Charlotte Belland at S.Dot Gallery Artist Profile
Sarah Reimold Headshot BalletMet Dancer
Sarah Reimold

For this issue, Lacey Luce, our marketing, communications and events strategist, interviewed Sarah Reimold, one of BalletMet’s new additions this season. Learn about her passion for dancing and baking, her number one fan, and dream role.

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Sneak Peek

The Short North Alliance Presents HighBall 2015

Over the last several years, HighBall has become one of the city’s favorite annual events. In 2013, HighBall grew to two diverse nights of programming. Friday, Oct. 23 is HighBall: On the Rocks, our annual tribute concert to fabulous fashion featuring an incredible themed costume party—complete with themed costume contests. On Saturday, Oct. 24, fashion takes center stage at the public costume contest and the Costume Couture Fashion Show.

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Grand Opening of Margaret M. Walter Wing at Columbus Museum of Art

In just a few weeks, the Columbus Museum of Art will open the doors to its new Margaret M. Walter Wing, the culmination of the Museum’s multi-phase renovation and expansion. You’re invited to be a part of the free Community Grand Opening, presented by PNC Arts Alive. As you enter the new CMA, you’ll be greeted by a magnificent, light-filled atrium that connects the new wing to the historic Elizabeth M. and Richard M. Ross building.

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Chamber Music Columbus Presents the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble ( comes to Columbus’s exquisite Southern Theater on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. This is the Chamber Ensemble’s third appearance under the auspices of Chamber Music Columbus, the locally-grown, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that has been bringing the world’s best chamber music to Central Ohio since 1948.

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

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