Columbus Proud.

Pride Columbus Ohio

Pride Columbus Ohio
So much to be PROUD of at this time of year.

DIVERSITY:

For the 38th straight year (pun intended), Stonewall Columbus, Inc. will host 300,000 this weekend at one of the Top 5 Pride parades in the nation — 2nd in the Midwest, only behind Chicago!  @CBuspride, @stonewallcmh

Pride Week was kicked off by lighting up City Hall in rainbow colors Monday evening. A ceremony on City Hall steps honored Columbus’ very own drag performer Nina West (aka LGBTQ activist Andrew Levitt). @NinaWest

As Nina, Levitt has raised over $2 million for local charities, and is being honored as Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the Central Ohio chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals at their National Philanthropy Day celebration in November.

PROUD to report that Columbus is ranked one of the U.S.’s most gay-friendly cities. We’re right behind Miami (my hometown), at #17! #lovewins!!

ARTS:

Columbus Museum of Art, a 145-year old institution, burst onto the 21st century scene with a new 50,000 sf wing. The recent news to join forces with Ann and Ron Pizzuti’s artistic-centric, contemporary Pizzuti Collection will reposition CMA as a multi-faceted contemporary program, elevating Columbus’ art scene. #myCMA, @PizzutiArt

BalletMet is one of the 20 largest professional ballet companies in the nation. The 40-year old company has performed around the world, and has 182 world premieres under its belt. Not only do they perform world-class ballets (Edwaard Liang’s “Oz” comes to mind) but they boast one of the largest U.S. dance training centers affiliated with a professional company. @BalletMet

CATCO, Central Ohio’s Equity professional theatre company, produces commercially viable new work and regional and world premieres. Steven C. Anderson, CATCO’s Producing Director, and a personal long-time friend of mine, will be retiring this year, but I look forward to what comes next for the Columbus theatre scene! #CATCOisTheatre, @CATCOisTheatre

ARCHITECTURE:

Columbus is PROUD to be home of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, officially designated by the Federal Government, which opened October, 2018. Even before opening, the NVMM received international recognition for its innovative design and was named one of the most anticipated buildings of 2018 by Architectural Digest. @NationalVMM

Named Best Architecture of 2015 by the Wall Street Journal, and winner of the 2017 Design award by the Ohio AIA, Columbus Museum of Art’s new wing (mentioned earlier) is a physical statement of the Museum’s openness, vibrancy, and its connections to the community, the city, and art.  Stunning wow factor. #wowcma

Out in the ‘burbs is the newest branch renovation of the Columbus Metropolitan Library system, in Dublin. Destined to become the most-talked-about building in Dublin for a long time! Wild! @columbuslibrary

Please join me in showing your PRIDE and #lovewins this week, and throughout the year, wherever you live!

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