A fundraiser for the arts is taking place on August 6 at the country club


The Uncommon Cause arts fundraiser, the largest event of its kind supporting the nonprofit Columbus Area Arts Council, will take place at 7 p.m. on August 6 with the theme Future Focus at the Harrison Lake Country Club.

Tickets are now available for $100 or $125 per person through August 6 at uncommon-cause-2022.eventbrite.com

The arts council offers a range of programs to the community, from long-running First Fridays For Families gatherings for young people and their parents and grandparents to hands-on arts activities such as glass blowing. Additionally, the arts council operates the 411 Gallery on Sixth Street downtown, and it recently began hosting street concerts in the colorful Sixth Street Arts Alley, which is still being completed with special lighting. and an artistic canopy to add.

Brooke Hawkins, acting executive director of the arts council, said she would ideally like to see a crowd of perhaps more than 300 people at the venue which has proven particularly popular in recent years with arts supporters.

“We really feel like people love it there (at the country club),” Hawkins said. “It’s so comfortable, people can spread out easily and they can be indoors or outdoors, and the whole setup just offers a lot of different options for an event like this. .”

For entertainment, the fundraiser will welcome the return of local band Flat Earth, playing pop-rock covers. The group, popular for several years now with local listeners, is known for opening most of its sets with a tune by Seymour native John Mellencamp and getting people to hit the dance floor with upbeat songs such as its interpretation of “Uptown” by Bruno Mars. Funk.”

The group’s leader, March Gotoh, said last year that the best part of these events was “that connection we get with a live audience”.

Although Hawkins was only appointed on June 1 to temporarily lead the organization, she has extensive experience raising annual arts funds dating back to 2008, the first year she volunteered. Since then, she’s worked on graphic design, marketing, or helped run another aspect of the event.

“It’s definitely familiar territory,” she said.

In fact, in 2017, she and her husband, Josh Ratliff, were co-chairs of the rally at the Columbus Learning Center, where the event raised $110,000.

“We’re ready to set some records this year,” Hawkins said.

The theme is specific to “really focus on the future of public art specifically within our community,” she said.

To that end, the event’s traditional Fund a Need campaign towards the end of the evening will focus on raising money for a new public art longevity fund.

Some of the most visible and popular pieces of public art include the Eos sculpture near the Mill Race Park entrance on downtown Fifth Street and also Flamenco, the bright red sculpture on Fourth and Washington streets, also downtown.

Among the top prizes in the night’s live auction is a private dinner with live music for a band on the closed Sixth Street Arts Alley. Noblitt Fabricating Inc., one of the strongest supporters of the arts in the city, makes this award possible.

“They’ve been huge contributors to the Sixth Street Arts Alley project,” Hawkins said. “They’re so happy about it, and we’re happy they’re doing so much of it.”


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