On Sunday, May 4, community members gathered to celebrate the artistry, diversity, community, and spirit of the Short North Arts District. Attendees helped to raise over $30,000.00 to support public art, promotional initiatives, and clean and safe programming for the Short North Arts District.

In case you missed it, here is a recap of some of the highlights and special announcements made at the event!

Short North Alliance Kicks off Capital Campaign for New Public Art Project: Blooms on Buttles

The Short North Alliance is spearheading a new public art project to honor the legacy of its former Executive Director and longtime Short North Arts District champion, John Angelo.

The project, called Blooms on Buttles will feature 18 stainless steel and resin blooming sculptures designed by artist Mark Lagergren of Tork Works Industrial ARTifacts. Serving as a gateway from Goodale Park to the Short North Arts District, the sculptures are proposed to be installed in planters that line Buttles Avenue between Park Street and High Street. The stainless steel and colorful resin shapes will catch light uniquely throughout the day and will illuminate the street with dancing rays of color.

Click here to learn more about the project, view conceptual designs, and contribute to the capital campaign!

Short North Alliance Gives to Non-Profits Chosen by Unsung Hero Honorees

The Short North Alliance honored three unsung heroes on May 4. Nominated by the community and are selected for the contributions they have made over the years to the artistry, diversity, community, and spirit of the Short North Arts District, each unsung hero gets to select a non-profit organization to be the recipient of a $1,000 donation in their honor.

2014 Unsung Heroes and Non-Profit Recipients

Carmen Owens, Surly Girl Saloon

Chimp Haven
Located 22 miles southwest of Shreveport, LA, in the Eddie D. Jones Nature Park in Keithville, LA, Chimp Haven serves as The National Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

Chimp Haven’s facility includes an interconnected network of bedrooms, outdoor courtyard and play yards, and large, forested habitats up to five acres.



Ralph Rosenfiend, Public Art Advocate

Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus Museum of Art’s mission is to create great experiences with great art for everyone. Whether CMA is presenting an exhibition, designing an art-making activity, serving a lunch, or giving directions to a visitor, the museum is guided by a belief in advocacy, quality, community, integrity, and creativity. We believe that art speaks to each and every one of us in different ways. Art inspires. Art challenges. Art thinks.



Andrew Levitt & Chris Equizi, a.k.a. Nina & Virginia West

Kaleidoscope Youth Center
Kaleidoscope Youth Center is the only organization in Ohio solely dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their allies.

Founded in 1994, the mission of Kaleidoscope Youth Center is to work in partnership with young people in Central Ohio to create safe and empowering environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth through advocacy, education and support.

Event Photos & Videos

Visit the Short North Arts District Facebook page for event photos and the We Are Glitterati photobooth photos, and visit the YouTube channel for videos by Bookbag Video of our honorees.



Thanks to Gala photographers Brent Mackey, Jennie Key, Bailey Lytle, and Cole Ruoff.

Save the Date

The 9th Annual Short North Gala will be April 26, 2015. See you next year!