Because we are a black and queer serving organization. We wanted to make sure that we have a presence at Juneteenth. We are first black.
Sole Classics is one of Columbus’ sneaker and street wear boutiques. It is in the short north. We are doing a partnership with Adidas to celebrate Juneteenth.
I am part of the “Black Women Rise Poetry Collective”, which is a collective of black women poets in my city who perform poems and write poems. Who use poetry as their ministry.
Be prepared to walk, as festival was most of the riverfront (the Scioto mile, COSI, both Main Street and Rich Street Bridges, all the way to 400 W Rich Street, etc).
I decided to come up with eye catching paintings called “My shadow series” that have a lot of history in these paintings that they don’t teach us in school.
All of them are oil paintings. People get confused that they are photos and I have retouched them. These are all hand made.
I like to show how beautiful we are and what we deal with as people. I love using colors and telling a story.
I disguise cultural issues through humor and images that we have ingrained in ourselves.
Experiencing the collection could be a great place to start a familiar or difficult conversation.
I was amazed at how supportive and connected this group appeared to be.
Sidebar: I love viewing live art! The process speaks for itself.
Before and after each competitor, it appeared that group members cheered for them and genuinely wanted them to succeed.
I have been doing the Highland Games for 3 years. I got started because of whisky and questionable life choices.
In our melee (group fights) are last man standing. If you have three points of contact on the ground, and our feet always count. If you can touch someone’s head to the ground and fold them in half, they are down and they have to sit. You can kick their legs out and make them sit down.
I think I ranked number one in the world. I was 40 at the time. I started practicing from there. This is my third year. I just love the community. I love challenging myself.
My grandpa and my dad did Highland games. They were like, “you are the third kid and a daughter, so you are going to do this.” I have been doing it since I was about 15. This is my twentieth-year throwing.
Body paint is so wonderful. If I have an image, I can do everything.
My favorite event is the light weight for distance. I like it because I have a world record.
I was a Highland dancer for 8 years. The Highland Games encompasses bagpipe, drum, and dance competitions. What we do is part of the heavy athletic, but people commonly call it the Highland Games.
When you see a bagpiper play, he blows in the bagpipe, expands the bag, the air creates movements and vibration in the bass drone and two tenor drones which is the organ sound. The additional amount of breath controls the chanter
I love coming to the venue because you see a lot of awesome people, with all these different sports, no matter how obscure. It is pretty awesome to see all that.
I love viewing live art! The process speaks for itself.
I started training 4 years ago. I came 10 kg more than I started. It is going up very slowly. My personal record is 62 kg (136.687 pounds).
This is going on 25 years of being in charge. This is my twentieth year at the Arnold. I first started with 146 athletes worldwide. I now have over 20,000 athletes, in 26 different countries.
It is a lot of fun. It is a great way to stay active. There are really fun people to compete with. We are having more and more opportunities like this to compete at a high level.
Overall, it is really fun to play with my sister. We compliment each other on the court. It is really fun.
I think we are going to be good this season. I feel like our team chemistry is really good and we complement each other really well. I am excited to see where we go.
I am a basketball D1 recruit, and a volleyball D1 recruit. In the off season I play basketball and I play volleyball on two different club teams.
I am thinking about going to the ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps). I don ‘t see myself pursuing basketball in college. If I were to get a scholarship, I would go.
Since I was little, I played sports. My main sport is lacrosse. I am committed to play lacrosse. Basketball is similar to lacrosse.
I might not be the best offensive player, but I like to push other people and bring energy defensively. When I know I am not bringing what I can offensively, I can harass the ball and get turnovers and make plays and make someone else feel good about what they just did.
I have grown to love the sport so much. It is what I want to do at the next level as well.
I am undecided on a specific school. I want to play basketball at the next level.
Let’s get after it. Let’s sit down and play really good defense. Let’s be intense. Then on offence, let’s execute. Share the basketball. And hopefully, good things happen.
I love this event! Even though I missed the opportunity to experience the art being creating live and only talked to one artist, I still enjoyed the art. The experience brought back fond memories of years past, being able to watch the artist create live, interact with the artists, and interact with those enjoying the art.
To me, this symbolizes that each person may have different dreams but are equally valuable. The key is giving back so others can grow and become who they are destined to become.
One Sunday morning I decided to take a break from my Covid-19 quarantine and take a car ride. While riding down Mt Vernon Avenue, I saw a sign that said, “Affirm Black Life”. I thought I saw an arrow, so I decided to park my car to investigate.
My team and I are here for the kids. We serve meals Tuesday through Saturday to kids eighteen and under. We are an emergency food site in partnership with Children’s Hunger Alliance. We are serving breakfast, and dinner for the next day to families that roll through the fresh market from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
It is the largest fresh food distribution in central Ohio and one of the top twenty in the country. We are seeing more than seven hundred people a day.
I think that murals are my way of self-expression and protest. I have a new born; so, I’m not on the front lines. This is my way of having a voice in the fight. My message: is our goal is peace and equality.
I love the splash of color! In my opinion, it looks much better than seeing plywood all over downtown. It also allows residents and visitors to be exposed to and appreciate some of the talent of the artists who live in the area.
I love watching artists collaborate and create!
The piece with the toilet paper! As time goes on, it is easy to forget how scarce toilet paper was earlier this year. Toilet paper was almost like currency. Lysol is still hard to find! Who would have thought toilet paper, disinfecting wipes, and Lysol spray would be so scarce/valuable?
After the widespread access of videos showing horrific police brutality, the employees of Martini’s asked me to come down and leave a positive message for the community not only express grief, but also to provide comfort and solace.
I love seeing artists create live. One of my favorite festivals was cancelled (Columbus Arts Festival). I know, I know they had virtual activities. But, to me it’s not the same. I love being able to interact with the artists.
In my opinion this work represents unity. Just by viewing the artists pictures it is obvious that they are different. Each artist worked together bringing their talents to produce a cohesive piece.
In my opinion, it looks much better than seeing plywood all over downtown. It also allows residents and visitors to be exposed to and appreciate some of the talent of the artists who live in the area.
While driving downtown, I listened to a local minister on the radio. He was sharing that when he doesn’t say much that means he is processing the situation, trying to determine the best way to communicate his feelings whether it is being angry or frustrated. That is where I am today.
People are creative! I love that people are using their talents, ideas, resources, etc. to protest.
Tired of seeing blog posts on protests? Change public policy and procedures so protests are no longer necessary.
This is the first time that we as young adults have felt that we can use our voice and that our voice is being heard. This is the first time that we have seen other high school students become politically involved. Often our generation gets a bad rep (reputation) of not wanting to do anything.
It was a true collaborative mural. Most of the community collaborative murals I see have an image ahead of time and the community comes and paints by numbers. This is unique because it basically was stay in your block, and your block becomes a part of the bigger picture.
My father is L.B. Towns. He has 19 children. We are all out here as a family. We range in age from 44 to 1 year old. My father was Buster Douglas’ corner man when he fought Tyson.
Mateusz Kieliszkowski won three of the first five events (Trial by Stone, Wheel of Pain, and Timber Carry). He finished 8th in this event and second in the Arnold Strongman Classic.
Two stones were to be pressed over head weighing 275 and 300 pounds. Two stones that weighed 365 and 400 pounds were to be lifted and placed on a barrel. Next, a stone needed to be lifted and carried 50 feet.
My favorite event at the Arnold was the elephant bar deadlift. I’m a very statically gifted athlete when it comes to strength and even though I was tired, I was able to show case that in that event.
My love has always been body painting. I have traveled the world to celebrate this love. The people I meet during the body painting events become my instant family.
He competed in the World’s Strongest Man competitions while he was in his mid-fifties. He broke a record on his 66th birthday. He lifted a Thomas Inch Dumbbell (it weighs 172 pounds and has a handle as thick as a Coke can), 63 times in 10 minutes.
I competed in body building and powerlifting before I found my first Strongman contest in 2013. I signed up without knowing what I was doing and fell in love with it.
In the interest of showcasing the talents of artist from around the world, we created other opportunities to feature their work.