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Creative Mornings: Laurie VanBalen of The Columbus Crossing Borders Project

February 19, 2021 @ 8:45 am - 10:00 am


This month’s speaker is. . .

Laurie VanBalen
Hosted by: Zoom Virtual Meeting
on Friday, February 19th, 8:45am-10am

Laurie VanBalen in a visual artist, instructor, community organizer and advocate for human rights. As the director of The Columbus Crossing Borders Project, Laurie works to inspire compassion and support for the world’s refugees. By combining art projects with the study of human rights, Laurie works with students, engaging in the many ways we can all take positive actions to establish equality, fairness and respect in our communities.

This month’s talk is entitled:

‘Our Shared Humanity’

The Columbus Crossing Borders Project was born when 34 artists and a film crew were brought together to address the world’s refugee crisis. The goal was to inspire critical thinking, compassion and understanding for those fleeing war, violence, climate, poverty and terrible hardship. The artists were asked to create paintings that would metaphorically “cross borders” into each others’ works. The film crew documented the stories of local refugees, while also documenting the artists as they created their paintings for the Columbus Crossing Borders art exhibit. The plan was to exhibit the artwork and the documentary film for a few months.

But that’s not what happened.

The project grew legs and took off. Invitations came in from all over. The film premiered at the Drexel Theatre to a sold-out audience. The calendar filled with gallery exhibits, museums, public presentations, panel discussions, classroom visits, college talks, television and radio interviews, community projects.

And now, 4 years later, upon being seen by thousands, The Columbus Crossing Borders Project has expanded its outreach, working to present what many people believe is the single most important step that we can take as a society toward living together successfully as human beings.

Registration on the event page will open Monday, February 15th at 10am! Seats are limited, so head on over to the event page next week to reserve your spot. Likewise look out for a the zoom link that will be emailed to all attendees the evening before the talk.


February 19, 2021
8:45 am - 10:00 am
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Columbus, OH 43215 United States
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