This week, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts announced a new collaboration with Historic Columbus that will offer locals a chance to walk through history when they visit the theater. Historic Columbus and RiverCenter for the Performing Arts have formed a partnership to present three exhibits of Columbus history.
The first, “Lost Columbus” is on view now through December 22, and provides a fascinating look at major local buildings and homes of the past. Expect to learn their stories through historic images and information on significant buildings and homes that were gone before many of us were born.
“Historic Columbus is extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity to partner with RiverCenter,” said Elizabeth B. Walden, Executive Director of Historic Columbus. “When presented with the idea, we jumped at the chance to share with the show-goers of RiverCenter the stories of our town. Columbus, like many cities, lost numerous older structures in the 1940s and 1950s for many reasons. These are only a sample of the residential, commercial, and civic buildings that were lost over time focused within our greater downtown area. We are so excited for this cultural arts partnership and look forward to more in our future!”
Norman Easterbrook, RiverCenter's Executive Director, said his organization is thrilled to be the host for these exhibits. “The arts tell the stories of who we once were, who we are, and who we want to be," he said. "These exhibits will help all who see them to appreciate our history and to respect and celebrate the structures that were key to making Columbus a great community.”
To visit “Lost Columbus” head to the RiverCenter's second-floor mezzanine during RiverCenter’s normal business hours from 10AM-5:00PM Monday through Friday.
This exhibit series is an extension of both Historic Columbus' and RiverCenter's missions. Though different, each organization takes pride in the city and its cultural gems.
“Although RiverCenter is a relatively new structure and ours is a relatively new organization, the inspiration that brought both the RiverCenter structure and organization into being has roots that run very deep in Columbus; the desire to improve our community, to lift things of grace and beauty up so they can be accessible to all, and I think, to establish firm foundations on which our community can grow to its highest and best culturally, economically, and socially," said Easterbrook. "This exhibit allows us to tell a richer story of Columbus and to help us all memorialize the foresight of those who loved and built this community long before RiverCenter was part of the growing cultural fabric of our community.”
Looking for a reason to visit RiverCenter?
Check out these upcoming shows:
Rosie Revere Engineer & Friends - May 9 and 10
Voices of the Valley Children's Chorus: Touch the Sky Concert - May 13
CSO: Respighi, Barber, Berio, and Ives - May 21
(Use code COLUMBUSITE20 for 20% off this concert only!)