Volunteers play key role in Exhibit Columbus’ success

Exhibit Columbus was a resounding hit when it debuted in 2017. The exhibition of temporary art installations around the city helped highlight the city’s history of art, architecture and design.

About 40,000 people viewed the Exhibit Columbus installations. By any measure, that’s a success — and especially for a first-time event.

The second Exhibit Columbus exhibition just kicked off this weekend, and already it’s clear that it’s a popular attraction again.

That’s because more than 1,000 volunteers have helped with the 18 temporary architectural installations located mostly around downtown Columbus.

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That’s impressive.

It’s a sign that there’s a growing relationship between local residents and the exhibition. Local volunteers are taking an ownership in Exhibit Columbus.

For example, volunteers helped with the installation of the work “Understorey” on the lawn of North Christian Church, and the installation of the nature-oriented “Untitled” on the Bartholomew County Library Plaza.

The volunteers played a big part in the exhibition by helping ensure the installations were ready in time for the opening of Exhibit Columbus. And, their assistance has been appreciated by those who designed the installations.

A strong relationship between volunteers and the designers of the installations is important for the long-term success of Exhibit Columbus. The amount of help this year gives confidence the exhibition will have a healthy lifespan.