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Message from the Director

Dr. Jones

Thank you for visiting the Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise at The Ohio State University. The generosity of Lawrence and Isabel Barnett have made possible this college center that is both a physical and conceptual space for students of our arts community. Lawrence and Isabel’s vision for the center was to enrich the education of arts students by nurturing insights and skills for success in arts and arts related professions. Their vision continues to be both relevant and important in contemporary society.

I am honored to serve the constituents of the Barnett Center as its director, and eager to work collaboratively in order to position the center to meaningfully impact the students of our arts community. In the center’s rich six-year history, important relationships have been formed. I look forward to meeting and listening to the wide and varied individuals and entities that play a role in the life of the center. Those conversations will inform a long term plan for the center to ensure both its direction and impact for the foreseeable future.

This is an extraordinarily exciting time of possibility in the Ohio State and Columbus arts communities. With the opening of the Timashev Family Music Building in the autumn of 2022, and the new home for the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts in 2023, the Arts District at Ohio State will be complete. Hailed as the “new front door to the Ohio State campus,” the Arts District’s outward facing posture provides rich opportunity for engagement and meaningful connection with the Columbus arts community.

I look forward to meaningful engagement with each of our partners as we endeavor to fully honor the beautiful gift of Lawrence and Isabel Barnett. Please contact me at barnettcenter@osu.edu should it be the case that we can be of service to you.

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Scott A. Jones, PhD


Professor, School of Music