WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?

The Art on High Strategic Master Plan will help define the High Street Corridor by honoring its history, celebrating its culture, and creating rich experiences for residents and visitors through public art.

The City of Columbus is moving forward with the High Street Streetscape Improvements Project, which will soon transform one of the busiest sections of the most traveled corridors in Columbus. This work has already begun on certain sections of High Street. When finished, the streetscape improvements create a safer, more walkable, and even more inclusive neighborhood by burying overhead utilities, increasing sidewalk widths, standardizing streetscape elements, upgrading lighting, adding marked crosswalks, improving stormwater management, and adding new street trees.

Art on High will build upon the Streetscape Improvement Project by integrating public art into the public landscape and fostering connections between people and public space. The plan will inspire elected officials, business and community leaders, and residents to both embrace and create public art on High Street. It will involve both contemporary and traditional art, paying homage to the past while highlighting Columbus’ innovative spirit and future. Lastly, it aspires to celebrate the uniqueness that is High Street, highlight High Street’s distinct neighborhoods and districts, and dream big.

Final plan recommendations will be presented in Fall 2017.

WHY DOES THE HIGH STREET CORRIDOR NEED A PUBLIC ART MASTER PLAN?

Art on High knits our diverse community together by defining and implementing our expression—our signature—to the world. The people of Columbus are creative, spirited, and ingenious. The plan will celebrate our city’s artistic vitality and set the standard for how we begin to implement and enjoy public art on our most traveled corridor. Public art helps us celebrate our heritage, communicates our direction, and characterizes our sense of place. Thoughtfully implemented public art will define the High Street Corridor to ourselves and project our special qualities and competitive advantages to visitors and investors. In this way, the Art on High doubles as an important economic development tool.

Specifically, the plan will bring forth three main outcomes

  1. REACH: How does the community expand who sees, creates and participates in public art on High Street?
  2. DEPTH: How does the community increase the amount of public art on High Street?
  3. INVESTMENT: How does the community leverage the public resources being invested by the City of Columbus in order to maximize the effort to implement the public art strategy that is born from the plan?

WHAT WILL THE PLAN CONTAIN?

The intent of the Art On High strategic plan is to provide direction and a community-wide vision for how public art can be integrated into the High Street Corridor from Goodale Street on the south to Ninth Avenue on the north.

Goals include:

  • Define a vision of public art that captures High Street's desired sense of place and incorporates public art objectives
  • Define public art policies, procedures and organizational structure to successfully execute and maintain public art; policy and structure to govern projects, art/artist selection, donation, maintenance, conservation and accessioning through a collaborative process between elected officials, community departments, community organizations/businesses and community members
  • Define implementation steps (short and long term), owners, and associated costs
  • Identify future funding strategies
  • Identify priority locations for site specific public art as well as priorities for aesthetic architecture integration for both permanent and temporary installation

UPCOMING EVENTS

#GoLive with Art on High

The City of Columbus and the Columbus Music Commission are partnering with the Short North Alliance and the University District Organization to provide the public with a unique opportunity to engage with the Art On High Strategic Master Plan process. Enjoy music from over 30 local musicians, visit existing public artworks and galleries in the Short North Arts District and University District, and give input on the Art on High Strategic Master Plan. Consultants leading the Art on High Strategic Master Plan will have an opportunity for the public to give feedback on preferred locations for public art as well as on what to expect throughout the process, how to get further engaged, and the process for implementation of the Art on High Plan.

Musicians will be set up at 10 locations throughout the corridor. Visit all 10 stations and receive a free personal pizza from Donatos.* Visitors are encouraged to #GoLive on social media to share the creative talent of Columbus musicians.

This event is free and open to the public.

*While supplies last.

REGISTER

WHEN

Thursday, September 14, 2017
4:30pm - 7:30pm

WHERE

High Street, Columbus Ohio
From Goodale to 9th Ave


Art on High: Charrette in Motion | South

Join us for coffee and a walking discussion about art along High Street, beginning at Le Chocoholique and ending at Third Avenue.
 
The Art on High project team will be on hand to walk and talk with small groups about the project, its constraints and opportunities, and, most importantly, where YOU think art should go along High Street.
 
If you can't make this walk, be sure to check out other walks occurring throughout September and October!
REGISTER

WHEN

Sunday, September 10, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm

WHERE

Meet at Le Chocoholique
601 N High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215


Art on High: Charrette in Motion | North

Join us for coffee and a walking discussion about art along High Street, beginning at The Gateway and ending at Third Avenue.
 
Impero Coffee will be provided.
 
The Art on High project team will be on hand to walk and talk with small groups about the project, its constraints and opportunities, and, most importantly, where YOU think art should go along High Street.
 
If you can't make this walk, be sure to check out other walks occurring throughout September and October!
REGISTER

WHEN

Sunday, September 24, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm

WHERE

Meet at Gateway - University District
1556 N High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43201


Art on High: Charrette in Motion | South

Join us for coffee and a walking discussion about art along High Street, beginning at Le Chocoholique and ending at Third Avenue.
 
The Art on High project team will be on hand to walk and talk with small groups about the project, its constraints and opportunities, and, most importantly, where YOU think art should go along High Street.
REGISTER

WHEN

Sunday, October 1, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm

WHERE

Meet at Le Chocoholique
601 N High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215


Art on High: Charrette in Motion | North

Join us for coffee and a walking discussion about art along High Street, beginning at The Gateway and ending at Third Avenue.
 
Impero Coffee will be provided.
 
The Art on High project team will be on hand to walk and talk with small groups about the project, its constraints and opportunities, and, most importantly, where YOU think art should go along High Street.
 
If you can't make this walk, be sure to check out other walks occurring throughout September and October!
REGISTER

WHEN

Sunday, October 8, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm

WHERE

Meet at Gateway - University District
1556 N High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43201

RESOURCES

REPLAY: Art on High Kickoff & Public Art Lecture

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HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

You can contribute to Art on High by photographing High Street and sharing your images with us on Instagram using the hashtag #ArtOnHigh. Be sure to share in the description how your image represents the unique aspects of High Street – how are we different from our neighbors and what do we share with them? What reflects our history? What reflects our future?

Anyone who lives, works, or invests along the High Street Corridor is encouraged to be involved every step of the way. Check back for events, come to a workshop or meeting, submit to #ArtOnHigh on Instagram, take the survey or feel free to contact us anytime and request that we add you to our communication list.

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