For the past few months, I've been hearing about ArtBeat.
People would stop and ask what I knew about it, and I'd have to say nothing.
Then, little by little, I learned a bit here and a bit there and I finally met the two organizers today.
Marleen DeBode Olivie, a member of Columbus State University's Friend of Art and a member of the Columbus Museum's board and Richard Baxter, the new dean of the College of the Arts, came up today to talk to me about the whole thing.
It's a two-week event that encompasses 11 organizations, 48 events in 16 days.
You've got Toast of the Town (Columbus Symphony Orchestra), Let There Be Art! (Columbus Museum), "Amazing Grace" (Springer Opera House) and a ton of events by students and faculty in the CSU art and theater departments and the music school.
And don't forget Uptown Columbus' Sculpture Walk.
In fact, it was Marleen's involvement in the Sculpture Walk that kicked off the whole ArtBeat.
There are plenty of events that are free, some that are ticketed and other that are fund-raisers (in other words, big money). And several children's events.
I hate the cliche, but there is truly something for everyone and everyone's pocketbooks.
I'll be writing a story and including the schedule for everything soon.
In the meantime, check out the website.