Cincinnatti Goddamn

On the September 1st, the Wex is hosting a screening of this documentary and the filmmakers will be there for a Q & A. It is free! Once a month, the mosaic seniors have a “date night,” and this event will be our first. I am looking forward to seeing this and the dialogue it is sure to spark in class the next morning! The GCAC posted a thoughtful “The Power of Art is Not Always Comfortable, And That’s a Good Thing” article on the event.


Image: Melvin Grier

Mark Lomax, PAGES artist, among the featured in Columbus Alive

Mark Lomax Black Lives Matter: Columbus artists and musicians keeping debate alive after chants fade

I was so happy to see Mark Lomax on the cover of the February 19 issue of Columbus Alive. Mark was a skillful  Blues guide in the 2014 PAGES program. Our students last saw him as a panelist this past fall during our Media Arts Experience, Forbidden Voices. Echoing some of the themes of repression and finding your voice that were expressed in the documentary, drummer Lomax has teamed with tenor saxophonist Eddie Bayard to record #BlackLivesMatter that was recently released. Another artist featured in the article is rapper Correy Parks, he said, “I feel like art in general is the great connector; Sometimes people can’t put an issue in a light where it’s personal to them, but as a musician, you can paint a picture and make everyone relate to these ideas.”

Media Arts Experience: Meet Our Panel

Meet our panel of for tomorrow’s program.



Anisa Gandevivala 

“Anisa is a physician turned manager, turned consultant, turned writer, poet, artist, connector and educator living in Columbus, Ohio. She tries not to be attached to labels and feeds her soul instead with creative projects and writing about obscure ideas, identities and hidden social forces. Anisa hopes for societies and people to actualize, learn and grow; she runs a workshop event called, ‘The Connection Experiment’, that explores important themes through ‘Creativity, Community and Consciousness’. She enjoys encouraging people to take creative risks, to be open to possibility with themselves and others, and, to listen to their soul. She also supports writers by hosting creative writing-poetry-art workshops and by working with the ‘Columbus Creative Cooperative’, a local publishing house, to make resources available to writers and artists.”











Robin Post

“Robin Post is the supervisor and creator of InterACT, the director of the Shakespeare and Autism program and the coordinator of newly developed teaching artist program. InterACT is a community engagement theatre program, established in 2006, whose mission it is to devise and perform interactive theatre with socially conscious content. Robin established InterACT as a service learning course which has developed partnerships across disciplines with university departments, colleges, and administrative units as well as with organizations and institutions within the greater Columbus community. The partnerships have resulted in dozens of interactive performances offering hands on training to university instructors in the areas of diversity inclusion and social justice.” — 











Mark Lomax

“Inarhyme Recording artist Mark Lomax II has spent a lifetime in music. His mother, a composer of gospel music, introduced him to both gospel and jazz at an early age. He continued his study of gospel music with Dr. Raymond Wise, founder of the Center for the Gospel Arts, where Lomax currently teaches… He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music Art’s degree in composition at The Ohio State University. His myriad experiences have allowed him to create a wonderful blend of styles in his music. Whether he’s interpreting the Negro Spiritual through jazz, arranging gospel music for a symphony orchestra, or performing his original works, his music is relevant, probing, and inspiring.” —Jazz Columbus












“Celebrate Social Justice & Peace” in Writing

Antioch is in Yellowsprings, Ohio, about 45-60 minutes away, just outside of the Dayton area. This could be a good extra credit or additional learning assignment for some of your students…

Celebrate Social Justice & Peace

November 8th | 12:25 – 1:25pm in the PNC Auditorium

Join Antioch University Midwest and the Dizney Writing Center for a Cross-Discipline Social Justice Symposium in celebration of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize (DLPP).


The DLPP defines peace broadly as increasing understanding between and among people as individuals or within and between families, communities, nations, ethnic groups, cultures and religions.

At Antioch University, social justice is woven throughout our community, programs and classes. It is our mission to provide education that will empower students with the power to lead meaningful lives and advance social justice.

Open-Mic with Discussion
We invite AUM Students, Faculty, Staff and our local community members to come and present their own literature focused on social justice and peace.

We will have 5 minute time slots for those interested. Writings may include excerpts from course work, publications, or other creative works such as poetry, fiction, and essays.

E-mail Rebecca Kuder to secure your time slot.

 Not Interested in Presenting? Just come to listen and support!

PAGES Exhibition, Open Mic, and Reception, Wednesday, May 7, 6-8pm

The PAGES exhibition, a yearlong culmination of a variety of student works in response to a diverse spectrum of contemporary arts at the Wexner Center, will be open to the public from Monday, April 28, 2014 until Friday, May, 23, 2014. Featuring work by students from the Arts and College Preparatory Academy, Columbus Alternative High School, Delaware Area Career Center, Delaware Hayes High School, Mosaic, Pickerington High School Central, and Whetstone High School, the exhibition can be found on the first floor of the Main Library on 96 S. Grant Avenue.

An open mic reading, hosted by local poet and author, William Evans, and reception commemorating the participation and achievement of each PAGES student will be held Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 6-8p.m. Columbus area high school students will share their enriching experience through prose, poetry, and art, celebrating their yearlong educational journey in the PAGES program.

Curated by Stephanie Rond, the exhibition is a true recognition of the immense impact of arts on literacy and writing.  PAGES is presented with major support from American Electric Power and the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. Additional support is provided by Ohio Arts Council, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.

SURGE: Ignite!

A collaboration of five organizations (COSI, WOSU Public Media, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Wexner Center for the Arts), the SURGE program aspires to create more accessible learning opportunities for teens within the Columbus community. The program aims to re-contextualize education as a structure which molds teens into creative citizens with the capacity to develop and compete in the global economy.

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Named a creative circuit for youth, SURGE will host its Ignite! Event Thursday, April 10th from 4-7pm at COSI, to not only celebrate the new, drop-in space for teens opening at COSI but to also spread the word about SURGE to teens throughout the community.

During the event, a shuttle bus will take participants to visit all five sites where teens can experiment with audio in Columbus Museum of Art’s sound booth, explore green screen video at WOSU@COSI, hang out in the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s YOUMedia space, view videos created by teens at the Wexner Center for the Arts, and discover COSI’s new, interactive space.

Free pizza and t-shirts will be available, and teens can enter to win an iPad play.

For more information, visit :


Playful Learning Conference

Through the support of Ohio University’s Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education, the Playful Learning initiative is accepting submissions for their upcoming April 10th conference. A recognized presence within the landscape of game-based education, Playful Learning works to ignite passion and inject fun into the classroom through effective integrative play, enhancing the teaching experience for both educators and students.

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In addition to an introduction of current research, hands-on workshops, and “discussion jam sessions,” Playful Learning invites any and all educators to contribute to the dialogue with workshop, presentation, and game ideas.  Proposals will be accepted beginning January 25, 2014 until February 25, 2014.

For more information, visit the Playful Learning website.


OCTELA Education Conference

The Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts will hold a two-day conference to promote and engage the prominence of revered writers and creative educators as advocates of innovative approaches to immersed learning. The conference will facilitate wide discussion on educational techniques, methodologies, and resources to further the efficacy of the educational experience through a diversity of speakers, including the prevalent banned book author, Chris Crutcher, the creator of a free, online supplemental math assistance program, Greg Tang, and effective reading specialist for urban schools, Dr. Candy Dawson Boyd.

Scheduled to take place February 28th and March 1st at Doubletree in Columbus, Ohio, the event promises a multi-genre, multi-discipline platform for the exchange of educational ideologies and inspiration.  Visit for more information.

Terrance Hayes visits Campus Gateway Barnes&Noble

Terrance Hayes will speak at 7:30pm this Saturday, November 16, as part of the Barnes &Noble Bookstore’s Visiting Writer Series. Author of numerous publications including Hip Logic, Muscular Music, and Wind in a Box as well as a reputable poet in the current world of writing, Hayes exudes a passion for the process and bewilderment he finds in the medium of poetry.


Harvey, Yona. "Terrance Hayes." Photo. Academy of American Poets. Web. 13 November 2013. .

Harvey, Yona. “Terrance Hayes.” Photo. Academy of American Poets. Web. 13 November 2013. <>.

His most recent collection, Lighthead, explores the construction of experience both through personal insight and political condition. Hayes utilizes popular and high culture within the last few decades to influence his unique inquiry and revelation about the world in which we live. In a review, the New York Times wrote “Hayes’s fourth book puts invincibly restless wordplay at the service of strong emotions.”


For more information about Hayes, visit or about the presentation, read