Director’s Blog – Inaugural Year in Review

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Director’s Blog – Inaugural Year in Review

February 9, 2016

Welcome to 2016 – a new and exciting year for The Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise.  I am happy to introduce new programs, events, and partnerships, while giving you an update of our accomplishments during the Center’s inaugural year of operations.  This monthly blog will highlight Center activities and art community issues.  It will invite comments and commentary from students, faculty, artists, and others, and spotlight art and cultural accomplishments made on The Ohio State University campus, in the Greater Columbus arts community, and at national and international sites and locations.

The Barnett Center was established in 2012, by a generous donation from Ohio State alumnus and entertainment industry leader, the late Lawrence Barnett and his wife Isabel and opened January 2014.  The mission of the Center is to educate and prepare students for successful careers in the arts and related entrepreneurial fields through advancing and increasing an understanding of the business side of the arts and the worlds of arts management, policy, and culture.  I invite you to peruse Inaugural Year in Review: 2014-2015, our first annual report complete with facts, information on our student engagement activities, ARTrepreneur programs, new activities supporting cultural policy advocacy, and a salute to our partners and collaborators. 

In honor of Black History Month, the Center is pleased offer two programs co-sponsored with AAAS Community Extension Center, Office of Student Life Multicultural Center, and The Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, In My OWN Image: From Community Activism to Filmmaker featuring Dr. Cleo Manago Thursday, 2/18 6pm Barnett Center, and I Am a Man: Black Manhood & Sexual Diversity Panel with Dr. Cleo Manago, Professor Terrell Strayhorn, Associate Professor Simone Drake, and Associate Professor Townsand Price-Spratlen Wed., 2/17 6pm 905 Mount Vernon Ave.  Dr. Manago will discuss how to sustain activism through filmmaking, show excerpts from both films (In My OWN Image and I Am a Man), and discuss issues impacting the African American community with the OSU distinguished panel.

I am happy to introduce you to our ARTrepreneur Artist Series, which highlight innovative artists and their businesses on the Center’s web site and YouTube channel.  These 3 to 4 minute video stories give salient points on what it takes to be a successful ARTrepreneur (a resourceful person who merges their artistic skills and business expertise to establish a sustainable career).  This semester we highlight power couple Alexis Wilson, dancer, choreographer, and writer and Byron Stripling, trumpeter and artistic director for Columbus Jazz Orchestra, national arts advocate Barbara Nicholson, executive director, art teacher, college professor, and fashion designer, and entrepreneur Leticia Vasquez-Smith, owner of Frida Katrina Mexican Folk Art.

The Center is pleased to announce a new study-away program Community Arts University without Walls, a special course of study in Puerto Rico on the impact and role of cultural arts in engaging issues of social justice within communities.  The 2-½ week summer intensive, June 7-29, will focus on the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, important contemporary issues in Puerto Rico including cultural equity, social and economic justice, and their continuing impact on the present and future generations of artists and cultural arts advocates.  This program is an exciting collaboration with The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in New York and The Inter American University of Puerto Rico, with class credit offered through The Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy and The Latina/o Studies Program.

Thank you for your continued support of The Barnett Center.  Please continue to follow us on the web barnettcenter.osu.edu and FaceBook Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise.  You can also join our eNewsletter mailing list for up to date news and announcements.  Remember - We are here to create, not merely survive.

In Peace

Sonia BasSheva Manjon, PhD