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Columbus Crossing Borders Project at Miller Gallery

34-piece refugee-centered art exhibit the Columbus Crossing Borders Project

Miller Gallery at Otterbein University will host the 34-piece refugee-centered art exhibit the Columbus Crossing Borders Project and companion documentary Breathe Free from May 10th to 24th, with an evening reception open to the public on Friday, May 24th, from 6-8:30 PM. Open to the public on business days 9 AM - 4 PM and weekends 1 PM - 4 PM (closed for Mother’s Day).'

Columbus Crossing Borders Project at Miller Gallery
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Columbus Crossing Borders Project
5/10/2024, 5/11/2024, 5/13/2024, 5/14/2024, 5/15/2024, 5/16/2024, 5/17/2024, 5/18/2024, 5/19/2024, 5/20/2024, 5/21/2024, 5/22/2024, 5/23/2024, 5/24/2024

33 Collegeview Road
Westerville, OH 43081
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My First Tea- in honor of AAPI Heritage Month

A Japanese Traditional Tea Ceremony

Grace Kelton had a love for travel, and one of the places that she held special was Japan. Join the Kelton House and Yumiko Passalacqua of the Yokoso Center ( ) for an afternoon celebrating this wonderful culture.

 Guests will be greeted with Mrs. Masako Nagata playing koto music. You will enjoy bento boxes filled with Japanese treats during her performance. We will have a short presentation about Grace’s travels accompanied by a display of artifact she brought back, followed by Ms. Passalacque performing the tea ceremony. Afterward, guests will be able to participate and learn the art themselves. 

Yumiko Passalacqua, originally from Osaka, Japan, has made Columbus, OH her home for the past 18 years. She has been practicing the way of tea for over 50 years and is a certified tea instructor in Urasenke. Her tea name is Souyu.

She has a passion for the Japanese tea ceremony and wishes to share it with you all! "An" is the Japanese word for tea cottage, which is where the Japanese tea ceremony traditionally takes place.

Welcome to our "an" and let's experience the way of tea together.

A portion of ticket sales benefits the preservation and educational efforts of the Kelton House Museum and Garden

Kelton House Museum & Garden
586 East Town Street
Columbus, OH 43215

$50 - $60
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
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Culture Night -Madagascar

At the Yokoso Center

Join us for a vibrant and engaging occasion where people from various backgrounds come together to share, learn about, and appreciate the richness of global cultural heritage.
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Culture Events - Exploring Japanese Culture

The Yokoso Center

Yokoso Center was conceived as an enriching environment for employees and the community as a whole. As the newest addition to Japan Marketplace, this cultural center presents a long-envisioned venue for health, culture, education, leisure, and benefit events. Although just opened in 2021, we've already hosted a variety of events such as yoga, calligraphy, tea ceremonies, cooking classes, meetings, celebrations, performances, and educational gatherings. We can’t wait to see it develop and thrive in wonderful, creative ways. Our hope is for our employees to enjoy and benefit from this special space. We will also be hosting various public events of our choosing.
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Echoes of Tradition

A captivating multi-disciplinary production crafted in collaboration with Madhavi Sudhir & the Natyapriya Indian Classical Dance School.

Converging Arts Columbus proudly presents Echoes of Tradition, a captivating multi-disciplinary production crafted in collaboration with Madhavi Sudhir and the Natyapriya Indian Classical Dance School. This extraordinary production seamlessly blends the rich tapestries of Eastern and Western traditions, spanning from classical to modern eras. Echoes of Tradition is an artistic convergence that harmoniously unites Indian Classical Dance with Western Ballet and Contemporary Dance, set against the backdrop of traditional Indian music and contemporary concert work by notable living composers such as Shruthi Rajasekar and Reena Esmail.

Renowned choreographer Madhavi Sudhir will bring to life a diverse array of performances, featuring solo, duo, and ensemble dances rooted in the Kathak, Bharatanatyam, and Kuchipudi classical dance styles. Immerse yourself in a sensory journey as the production unfolds, showcasing the unique palette of Indian classical instruments including Mridangam, Tabla, Chenda, Idakka, Veena, Flute, Indian Violin, Nattuvangam Cymbals, Elathalam, and Carnatic and Hindustani Vocals. These evocative sounds will intertwine seamlessly with Western classical ensembles, featuring piano, string quartet, and classical voice.

Join us for an enchanting show that transcends cultural boundaries, celebrating the universal language of art and the enduring Echoes of Tradition.

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The Asian Festival 2024

Don't Miss This Entertaining ExperienceThe Asian Festival is one of the most special events in Central Ohio. The two-day event is from May 25-26, 2024. 

This annual event with more than 100,000 visitors and will continue to grow, thanks to the strong participation of many people regardless of origin and ethnicity. Because of the tremendous success, the festival has received strong support from state, city, corporate, and communities every year since its beginning in 1995. The festival is also recognized as one of the major special events in Central Ohio.
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Juneteenth Festival 2024

What is Juneteenth?
One Hundred and fifty – nine years ago, our African American ancestors in Galveston Texas celebrated the first Juneteenth festival in the nation. General Gordon Granger read official order #3 to the African American captives of Galveston Texas June 19, 1865. Two and a half years earlier President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863 freeing all African American captives in the rebellious south. This is the event our ancestors recognize as African American Independence Day. The first act of freedom African Americans cherished as the opportunity to reunite with family members and to be self-determined as a people.
The first celebration of Juneteenth included soul food cook offs, drinking ice cold red pop, singing spiritual hymns, performing re-enactments, and stage plays that shares tales of bravery, and courage that included, The Buffalo Soldiers, Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Denmark Vesey, and many other heroes, and sheroes, of the time.

Today Juneteenth is celebrated in over 200 cities nationwide. Juneteenth Ohio has indeed evolved into the 3rd largest celebration in the country, this accomplishment in itself speaks greatness to the support we receive from the local and statewide community.
This momentous act is the reason why the Juneteenth Ohio festival continues to be a stable and meaningful celebratory foundation in the lives of African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans in the state of Ohio. Throughout our 26 years of celebration, Juneteenth Ohio emerged as the enjoyable family weekend of cultural discovery, filled with a variety of events promoting cultural unity, enrichment, and ethnic diversity, “key elements that improves the relationships and quality of life among all residents throughout Ohio”.
The Juneteenth Ohio Festival will take place June 17th & 18th 2023  
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World Refugee Day Block PARTY

This will be a family-friendly celebration of the strength, beauty, and cultures of the refugees and immigrants in our community, featuring global arts and crafts activities for families, as well as music, food, and dance from around the world.

Stop by the CRIS Office (4645 Executive Drive) on Saturday, June 22nd, between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM to join in the fun!
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Ohio Refugee Advocacy Day

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 | All Day

Refugees, immigrants, and allies from across Ohio will gather in downtown Columbus on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024, for a day of advocacy. CRIS partner and Church World Service Community Organizer Blaise Balazire will be leading this day of advocacy. Register to join in and raise your voice for refugees! 
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Design Your Own Monument

Imagine carving your own mark on history! Forget boring statues and towering obelisks – what if you could design a monument that truly reflects your values and memories? This isn't just about honoring famous figures or grand events; it's about capturing something personal, something meaningful to YOU. Join Kerry Kennedy, Executive Director of Cultural Memory and the Reimagining Columbus team to envision what the future of monuments are in Columbus.

Director of Cultural Memory; Kerry Kennedy holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Art History, Museum Studies focus and her primary goal is to provide various audiences access to community projects. Cultural Memory was founded by Ms. Kennedy in 2010. It is a consulting firm which focuses on the expertise Kerry gained from working with Cultural Institutions; Museums, Botanical Gardens, Historic Homes/Buildings, Public Art Programs, and Performing Arts Organizations. This breath of experience adds value when creating Community Development, Place Making, or Heritage Tourism projects.

All four workshops are identical and are appropriate for all ages.
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Empower Youth: Ignite the Future Summit

Welcome to the Empower Youth: Ignite the Future Summit! Join us on Sat, Jul 20, 2024 at 10:00 AM at the Howard Community Center for a day filled with inspiration, learning, and growth. This event is all about empowering young people to reach their full potential and make a positive impact on the world. Get ready to hear from amazing speakers, participate in interactive workshops, and connect with other motivated youth. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to ignite your future!
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Alt Eats Food Tour

Travel the world without leaving Columbus. This tour will introduce you to some of the best international food in the city.

Travel the world without leaving Columbus – If you’re looking for fun things to do in Columbus, this guided culinary tour will introduce you to some of the best international food in the city. We’ll experience Filipino cuisine, eat Vietnamese sandwiches, sample Yemeni food, try some Brazilian delicacies, enjoy Mexican bakery desserts… and more. This unique city tour centers on the thriving immigrant neighborhoods near Cleveland Avenue, where much of Columbus’ new American community lives, eats, and plays.
Join us in our comfortable 14-passenger van and learn about the cuisines and cultures of some of Columbus’s finest immigrant kitchens. If you’re a food lover, this tour is not to be missed!
This food tour is priced at $76 and includes: tastings at five stops; air-conditioned van transportation and an experienced guide with plenty of local culinary knowledge. This tour runs on Friday evenings at 6pm. If you would like to be wait listed for a tour date that is sold out please email

Past Events

Asian Voices

A spectacular group of artistic voices take the stage at Ballet Met. 

A spectacular group of artistic voices takes the stage. Yin Yue, director of YYDC and founder of FoCo technique, creates a World Premiere. Ma Cong returns to BalletMet with the Columbus debut of Flight of Fancy, featuring music by Oliver Davis. Edwaard Liang's highly acclaimed Seasons captivates audiences once more with its beautiful organic shapes and music from Vivaldi's Four Seasons as reimagined by Max Richter. Together these Asian Voices dance out loud.

Fri, Mar 15      
8:00 - 9:30 PM
Sat, Mar 16.   8:00 - 9:30 PM
Sun, Mar 17.   2:00 - 3:30 PM
Thu, Mar 21.   7:30 - 9:00 PM
Fri, Mar 22.     8:00 - 9:30 PM
Sat, Mar 23.   8:00 - 9:30 PM


Through themed tours, activities and film screenings, learn about some of Ohio's famous females and explore the important role women have played in the shaping of Ohio. Included with Ohio History Center museum admission. Visit for the full Women's History Month program schedule.

Sarah Maldoror: Tricontinental Cinema

See the first museum exhibition dedicated to Sarah Maldoror (1929–2020), a trailblazing French filmmaker hailed as the “mother of African cinema.” A survey of Maldoror’s multifaceted career, the exhibition includes film projections and archival documentation that highlight her involvement with anti-colonial and anti-racist movements across Africa, the Caribbean, and metropolitan France. The exhibition also features works by modern and contemporary artists.

1871 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43210

Dates available:
3/19/2024, 3/20/2024, 3/21/2024, 3/22/2024, 3/23/2024, 3/24/2024, 3/26/2024, 3/27/2024, 3/28/2024, 3/29/2024, 3/30/2024, 3/31/2024, 4/2/2024, 4/3/2024, 4/4/2024, 4/5/2024, 4/6/2024, 4/7/2024, 4/9/2024, 4/10/2024, 4/11/2024, 4/12/2024, 4/13/2024, 4/14/2024, 4/16/2024, 4/17/2024, 4/18/2024, 4/19/2024, 4/20/2024, 4/21/2024, 4/23/2024, 4/24/2024, 4/25/2024, 4/26/2024, 4/27/2024, 4/28/2024

Art of Bangladesh

Art of Bangladesh, curated by Dina Zaman, features nine women artists who are all immigrants from Bangladesh: Sabhat Abedin, Sylvia Pandit, Manha Shams, Mosharrat Shams, Tania Nur Siddique, Zakia Sultana, Razia Suroor, Mahbuba Yeasmin and Dina Zaman

Gallery hours: Mon-Wed, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment.

From Struggle to Strength: Inspiring Journeys of Central Ohio's Refugee Community

By way of stunning photographs and stories, meet a group of Central Ohio residents who were once forced to flee their homes and become among the millions of refugees who have found hope and resilience in the face of adversity.

Through the lens of award-winning photographer Tariq Tarey, discover how these individuals endured their arduous journeys to find a place to rebuild their lives. They aren’t just numbers. They are people with stories to share. 

Admission is FREE! 

145 East Main Street
Lancaster, OH 43130

Move: Mobility, Migration, and Belonging

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Works by Kristin Capp, Claudia Esslinger, John Ganis, William Garnett, Bruce Linn, Nick Stull, Tariq Tarey, and Ricky Weaver.

This exhibit supports Ohio Wesleyan University’s first year seminar, How to Change Your World. The interdisciplinary course examines wide ranging issues impacting global society today. This companion exhibition offers unique perspectives on social change and human adaptation. The 8 artists assembled for Move raise awareness and challenge viewers to reimagine the future. 

60 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015

2024 Native Plant Backyard Challenge Registration

The Grange Insurance Audubon Center and Columbus Audubon teamed up in 2021 to create the Native Plant Backyard Challenge. Over 500 households have taken the challenge. We’re looking for new and returning households in central Ohio to transform or develop their outdoor spaces into native habitats. The NPBYC will include access to resources, workshops to provide information about the world of native plants, gardening, and biodiversity, and plenty of opportunities to engage with the community.

Grange Insurance Audubon Center
505 W. Whittier St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Spring Migration Abstract Painting Workshops & Community Exhibition

An Interactive Abstract Painting workshop with artist Mah Leah Cochran
These two consecutive Abstract Painting workshops will introduce you to the mission of Audubon, inspire you to create an abstract painting, and provides an opportunity for you to display your paintings in a community exhibition. All paintings created in these workshops are eligible to be on display at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center May 11-12 to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day.

With a passion for expressing life through art, Mah Leah Cochran's works feature themes involving nature and the human condition. Her art is characterized by its broad diversity of subject, symbolism, color, texture and form. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Mah Leah Cochran holds degrees in Economics and Political Science with a minor in International Affairs from Hofstra University in New York. She has devoted much of her energy to helping others both in her career and in her humanitarian work around the world.

Mah Leah has traveled extensively to work with NGOs including Doctors for Life International in Africa and also with many other organizations in Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Americas. For additional information visit


Saturday, March 9, 2024 11A-1P Saturday, April 6, 2024 11A-1P COMMUNITY EXHIBITION WITH PAINTINGS ON DISPLAY: May 11-12, 2024


Walk With a Doc

At each Walk with a Doc event, the participating healthcare provider begins with a brief discussion on a current health topic and then participants spend the rest of the hour enjoying a healthy walk and conversation. During the walk, participants are not just allowed, but emboldened, to ask about health-related issues in a relaxed setting.

3773 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Recurring weekly on Saturday

Making African America Symposium

Available online for a limited time!

The Making African America symposium brought together fifty-three scholars, journalists, activists, curators, filmmakers and writers to discuss how immigration has shaped and is continuing to reshape what it means to be Black in the United States. 
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Westerville Habitat Partnership Soup for Shelter

Friday, December 5th

Location: Otterbein University Campus Center
 100 W Home St, Westerville, OH 43081

Your ticket includes a handcrafted bowl made by Columbus Academy students, a bowl of soup (served in a disposable bowl), bread, cookie, and beverageThe Westerville Habitat Partnership group raises funds for Habitat for Humanity of Delaware and Union county homes construction. This event provides monies to purchase the materials used to construct the walls of the homes built. 
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Art in a Time of War & Dear Ukraine: A Global Community Poem

Dates: September 6, 2023 - December 1, 2023

Location: Burke HallGranville, OH 43023
Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Dear Ukraine: A Global Community Poem Dear Ukraine is a global community poem that provides a space for individuals around the world to speak to the unfolding atrocities of the war against Ukraine and its people.Olga Morozova and her students from the College of Arts and Design of the Kyiv National University of Technology and Design continue to create and study art while under fire. Despite the days and nights of shelling, the piercing howl of sirens, and anxiety of from this unjust war.
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Accra! The Rise of a Global Art Community

Art Exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art

Accra! The Rise of a Global Art Community showcases the work of 19 artists who have deep connections to Accra, Ghana and their impact on global art discourse. Over the past five years the ‘Ghana School’ has emerged as an influential group of artists who have reshaped the contemporary art landscape. The exhibition features 28 works by artists such as Amoako Boafo, Gideon Appah, Zohra Opoku, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Kenturah Davis and Derek Fordjour. Portraits, abstraction, textiles, works on papers and sculpture explore cultural identities, political histories, mythology, trauma and healing. The works challenge and redefine traditional art historical narratives, inviting viewers to engage with a new perspective.
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Hosted by Otterbein University & Westerville Public Library

Undesign the Redline is an interactive exhibit that explores the history of structural racism caused by the 1938 redlining maps and how this inequality continues to impact our communities today, focusing on the ways in which we can come together to “undesign” these systems with intentionality. 

Systemic challenges today, like inequalities in housing, education, income, criminal justice, and health are far from separate issues. These challenges are rooted in a deep and entangled history of policies, practices, and processes that remain hidden and misunderstood.  Undesign the Redline explores these challenges, reframes them as opportunities, and grounds discussions about race, wealth, opportunity, and power in an honest context that is not about guilt and blame.  

This allows everyone to contribute value to the design and development of new projects, partnerships, and decisions that seek to transform communities and move beyond the challenging – and often clouded – situation of our entangled past. The Undesign the Redline exhibit travels nationally to cities, towns, and communities.

It has been localized for Columbus by a committee of local experts and historians, and it will be here for the next several months so that we can learn together, activate, and mobilize into a strong “we” capable of transformation. 
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Jumana Manna: Break, Take Erase, Tally

Hosted by Otterbein University & Westerville Public Library

Manna’s film Wild Relatives (2018) follows the rebuilding of a seed bank after the Syrian war forced its relocation from Aleppo, via the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, to neighboring Lebanon. In Foragers (2022), Manna moves between fiction and documentary to chronicle the confrontations between Palestinian pickers of the wild-growing herbs ’akkoub and za’atar and the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority, which has classified these plants as endangered. The foragers’ refusal and the punishments they face, from large fines to potential jail time, at times take on an absurdist and comical tone that raises key questions around the politics of extinction—namely who determines what gets to live on and how.
Break, Take, Erase, Tally brings together nearly 20 works and presents both films, Foragers and Wild Relatives, in conversation with a new installation of sculptures that take inspiration from the fragmented remains of khabyas, traditional and now-obsolete structures for grain storage in the Levant (historically, the region along the eastern Mediterranean shores, roughly corresponding to modern-day Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and certain adjacent areas.). 
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Virtual Presentation: Household Food Security in the United States in 2022

Available online for a limited time!

USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) plays a leading role in Federal research on food security and food security measurement in U.S. households. In this webinar, ERS Economist Matthew Rabbitt provided an overview of USDA’s annual report on the prevalence and severity of food insecurity in U.S. households in 2022.
The report includes changes in food insecurity from previous years, the prevalence of food insecurity by selected household characteristics, and food insecurity among children.
Food-insecure households are defined as having had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources. Food-secure households are defined as having had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.
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Parting Words for the Parting Year

Discussions presented by the Harriet Beecher Stowe House: Focusing on moments in American history when eloquent voices arose, often from the margins, to address important issues, usually related to social justice, in culture and society. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at ​​7pm
Walnut Hills Branch Library (2533 Kemper Lane)
​Or online via Zoom (RSVP for link)
Discussion led by Dr. Yalie Saweda Kamara and Dr. John Getz
As 2023 draws to a close, we can all use some hope and inspiration for 2024. We'll discuss parting words from or about several Civil Rights activists to see what guidance they may offer for the coming year. 
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Sat, December 9th, 2pm-3pm

Tackle football has been primarily viewed as a male sport, but at a time when men’s participation rates are decreasing, an increasing number of women are entering the gridiron-and they have a long history of doing so. Women’s American Football is a narrative history of girls and women participating in American Football in the United States since the 1920s, when a women’s team played at halftime during an early NFL game. The women’s game became more organized in 1974, when the National Women’s Football League was established, with notable teams such as the Dallas Bluebonnets, Toledo Troopers, Oklahoma City Dolls, and Detroit Demons.
Based on extensive interviews with women players and focusing closely on leagues, teams, and athletes since the passage of Title IX in 1972, Russ Crawford illuminates the rich history of the women who have played football, breaking barriers on and off the field.
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