Congrats to all the recipients of the inaugural Columbus Foundation “Columbus True Originals” award! A couple of our team members were lucky enough to be at the event as part of the Save The Crew delegation. More on those efforts in a moment.

Honorees included: Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams; David Brown, founder, Harmony Project; poet Barbara Fant; Opera Columbus and ProMusica’s World Premiere production, The Flood; author Wil Haygood; Dr. Mark Lomax II, composer of World Premiere, 12-CD work, “400: An Afrikan Epic”; and community members behind the Save The Crew effort.

It’s always great to see passionate members of our community recognized for acting as positive forces for Columbus. We thought it would be cool to call out a few of award recipients on social media with customized illustrations. In case you missed what all the hoopla was about, be sure to checkout some of the stories below.

Featured Honorees

The Flood is a story of human connection through shared tragedy, centered around the Great Flood of 1913. We’re excited to experience the work of talented artists, while also learning about a chapter of Columbus history! Feb 8-10 at the Southern Theatre:

A 12 album anthology by Dr. Mark Lomax, 400: An Afrikan Epic, tells the story of Black America by exploring thousands of years of history & far into the future.

Jan 26 at the Lincoln Theatre
Accessible via the Columbus Library:

This Spring abstract painter, Alicia McCarthy is coming to town to create one of her vibrant, large-scale murals for the Wexner Center for the Arts. She’ll be working in the lobby, which will make it easy to pop in occasionally to check on her progress!

And of course we have to mention Save The Crew! Under the guidance of new owners, new management, a new coach and soon to be a new stadium the future of Columbus’ team has never been brighter. Join us this season & become part of the story the sports world can’t stop talking about:

To all the honorees, your creativity and community mindedness is a constant inspiration—your work keeps us wanting to make our world a better place everyday. Thank you!