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Downtown Columbus this weekend will showcase its designation as a cultural arts district with a variety of artistic events and displays.
A community iron pour, an arts fair and a glass-blowing workshop are just a handful of activities planned for today and Saturday.
Columbus’ Deidre Nabors, a longtime jewelry maker, will be among 80 artists at Artfest. She said she loves the variety on tap for the weekend, and figures the events will feed off one another.
“I think it’s great anytime you get a collection of different artists together,” Nabors said of the events. “People are all interested in different things.”
That includes her.
She said if her husband can watch her booth at Artfest briefly Saturday, she’d like to sneak away to see glass-blowing or some other offering.
David Kadlec, co-owner of Columbus’ Jacksson Contemporary Art, said the mix of activities “is just a terrific blend of community events.”
His gallery at 1038 Jackson St. will host the Community Iron Pour. It also is hosting a three-week-long metals exhibit, “Out of the Earth.”
The Indiana Arts Commission named Columbus’ downtown area a cultural arts district in December.
Mayor Kristen Brown spearheaded the push, resulting in Columbus becoming just the state’s fifth city with such a distinction. The next closest is Brown County’s Nashville.
“The idea is make Artfest into a weekend-long festival,” Brown said.
Brown envisions making Columbus the “cultural and creative capital of the Midwest” through the efforts of the Arts District Coalition she formed in January.
The mayor wants to promote activities, events and offerings to appeal to every segment of the community, from children to seniors
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