What do the MAC and Brazil have in common?

Here at the McConnell Arts Center there are many opportunities to enrich your life. You can take classes about painting and drawing, ceramics, film, photography, ballet, and even have music lessons. By strolling through the Main Gallery and Corridor Galleries you can see artwork done by our instructors and their students (exhibit up until October 15th). The next exhibit features colorful cloudscapes by Todd Camp and vibrant canvases highlighting “spontaneous living” by Richard Duarte Brown. But one of the most valuable aspects of the MAC, and many other community arts centers, is the opportunity to bring neighborhoods together and cultivate positive experiences through creative arts.


I’ve been interning at the MAC for a few weeks now, and my time here reminds me of a TED talk given by Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas. Their talk, How painting can transform communities, isn’t distinctly about a community arts center, but their message can be applied to one. They discuss the peril of Vila Cruzeiro, a small, poverty-stricken community in Brazil. The two men transformed housing that was unfinished and unpainted on the outside into a large-scale work of art. They let their passion for the artwork guide their project, and it was beautifully successful. The artists describe the community working together like an orchestra, with everyone playing a part in a larger piece. You can do something just as impactful as Haas and Hahn have by taking classes at the MAC, attending one of our many OnStage events in the Bronwynn Theatre, or by volunteering! Visit mcconnellarts.org for more information.


-Liv Birdsall



Jazz into the MAC Next Week

When a musician is that good, it’s enough to hear them perform on their own. But what about when four of some of the area’s most talented musicians join together to recreate music by Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and Duke Ellington. Well, I don’t think I am capable of telling you just how good that would be.
Experience it for yourself at the MAC on Thursday, May 5 at 8 p.m. to see Jazz Through the Ages: The Friends Quartet. Four Columbus artists will join in playing their mastered instruments, attributing some of music’s most talented artists.

Tony Hagood will claim the piano. Hagood has played for audiences in China, Japan, South Korea, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and several Caribbean countries. In 2006, he won the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.

Bradley Mellen will fiddle in on bass. Mellen received his masters in jazz performance from Purchase College in New York studying with musicians such as Todd Coolman. He is well-known to Columbus, performing in a variety of different groups.

Christopher Hoyte will be the saxophonist for the evening. Hoyte graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and since then most of his work has been intended for use in church context.

Finally, Zach Compston will bust out the drums. Compston is a versatile drummer who is also a percussionist and music director. Compston is currently Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus.

If you’re looking for a night of some of the best local musicians performing some of history’s most renowned musicians, this is the place to be. And for only $12? Consider it a steal.

Below are the full list of musicians they will be covering, as well as some music of their own.

Louis Armstrong

Fats Waller

Duke Ellington

Thelonious Monk

Bill Evans

Horace Silver, Chick Corea

Dave Brubeck

Joshua Redman’s Elastic Band

the Bad Plus


Buy tickets here


By Theresa Wallenhorst

PR Intern

The Chocolate Cake Chronicle

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Elizabeth Ritz, Grandview Heights. “They’ll Never Find the Body”

Here’s one of many things I’ve learned since I started volunteering at the McConnell Arts Center:  you can rent rooms and spaces for your special events at the MAC. My stint at the reception desk has given me the opportunity to see folks preparing for association fund-raisers, social events, and meetings. This often involves delicious platters of food being carried right by my station at the reception desk, but that is another story.

The MAC theatre can be rented for concerts, performances, lectures or business.  The Main Gallery is also frequently used as an event space, and classroom spaces also work well for small meetings, workshops or birthday parties.

The variety spaces and facilities at the MAC can probably accommodate an event you’re planning. Get more information at Rent the MAC.

Oh, and when you plan that birthday party…I like chocolate cake.

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Sophie Ungless, New Albany High School. “Macarons”

Tam Dalrymple

Artwork pictured from the 2016 Governor’s Regional Youth Art Exhibit – Region 1. Currently on display at the McConnell Arts Center in the Main and Corridor Galleries. 

Because Volunteering at the MAC is cool

The other day I was talking with a friend about my volunteering at the McConnell Arts Center.

 “That’s cool,” she said. “That’s why I do it,” I replied. “So people will think I’m cool.”

 Let’s face it, we volunteer for things because we get something out of it, even if it’s just that cool fuzzy volunteer feeling. At The McConnell Arts Center you can get the fuzzy feeling, discounts on classes, free admission to MAC events, and more.

 When I am being very cool I’ll toss out a phrase like, “over at The MAC” or, “a class at The MAC.” This can prompt people to ask what “The MAC” is, which gives me an opportunity to enjoy another benefit of volunteering at the MAC: being in the know about so much of the arts scene in the Worthington area. What kinds of things are being planned for the Worthington Arts Festival this year? How about the Fourth of July? And like a good volunteer, I can point folks to The MAC Website for the latest information.


You can get information on how to volunteer at the MAC right here. And stop by the front desk on Thursday afternoons. I will be there, being helpful. Oh, and cool.


– Tam Dalrymple

Live Orchestra and Fashion Draws in a Night of Fun

McConnell Arts Center will host the premiere of Aller Au Cinema, a film dedicated to timeless love found in the movies, on Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m.

Aller Au Cinema is a film created by Elevate Pictures, which is a visual story-telling company dedicated to reminding individuals they are all part of humanity. The film is directed by executive producer and partner Jeremy Hughes, who helped create the company in 2008.

There are several factors that separate this film apart from others. The film is accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by Todd Maki, who is an international film composer featured in various television networks including The Travel Channel International.

Fashion plays a lead role in this cinematic performance. Showcased throughout the building and in the film will be fashion by Tina Marie Hughes, a local artist who uses intrinsic, beautiful details to create natural and organic textiles.

Following the film, people will gather at The Whitney House in downtown Worthington for jazz and drinks to celebrate the days of prohibition.

“Frankies” will be available for purchase as an add-on to your ticket, which can be used in exchange for bathtub gin.

If you’re looking for something fun, philanthropic and totally different, join us at the MAC next Thursday for a night of flicks and fashion. Tickets are only $40 AND proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society here in our community.


Theresa Wallenhorst

PR Intern

McConnell Arts Cente

High School Students Bring Life to the MAC

Focus On is an art exhibit currently being held at the McConnell Arts Center featuring three high school students from different Worthington schools. Hannah Self is one of the three students featured in this exhibit.

Hannah is currently a senior at Worthington Kilbourne High School and has been creating art since the 8th grade. Since then, Hannah has turned her talent into beautiful pieces of artwork.

Overgrowth of Waste by Hannah Self, 2015

Upon entering high school, Hannah began to focus her art on sculptures. Since then, her sculptures have grown in size and become more unique to her style.

It’s no surprise that most artwork stems from some type of inspiration. In Hannah’s case, her inspiration lies in the connection between humans and nature.

Hands by Hannah Self, 2013

“I have become fascinated by how dependent humans are on the environment, yet how much our society strives to overtake and disrupt its prosperity on a daily basis. In my art, I try to illustrate the outcomes of either growing with nature or against it.”

Hannah uses textured detail and varieties of color in her sculptures to portray this intrinsic connection.
Hannah wishes to pursue artwork as a hobby, she does not anticipate this being a full-time career.
“I hope to be able to pursue it part-time while also teaching art education.”
Hannah’s dream is to enroll in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University. She has experience taking a class with Rebecca Harvey, Department Chair and Professor in the OSU Department of Art, where she has learned more about the ceramics program offered there.
Hannah is currently painting a few sculptures to finalize for her portfolio. Additionally, she is working on functional objects that still depict her inspiration between humans and nature.
Like most artists, there is a connection between the artist and the artwork. For Hannah, it is all about the process. She does not plan her artwork; it all comes naturally to her as she continues working. Hannah uses artwork as a means of expressing her view on the importance of nature in our lives as human beings.
Growth by Hannah Self, 2015

Aside from incredible talent, Hannah as been affected by art in a variety of ways.

“Art has impacted my life in unimaginable ways. Having the freedom to express myself and learn about other people through their art has established so many friendships and has allowed me to reflect on the joy that comes out of being creative and doing what I am passionate about.”

If you have not yet had the opportunity to check out the Focus On exhibit at the MAC, please visit the free exhibition now through March 13 during business hours. (Tues-Thurs, 10a.m.-9p.m.; Fri-Sat, 10a.m.-5p.m.; Sun, 12p.m.-5p.m.)

For more information on the Focus On exhibit and our other high school artists, click here.

Theresa Wallenhorst, PR Intern

McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra Series of Performances Brings Together Talented Musicians

Are you interested in watching a lively performance by talented, energetic musicians? If so, visit McConnell Arts Center to see our incredible orchestra take on a series of compositions. MACCO, McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, will be performing at the McConnell Arts Center on Sunday, February 21 at 3 p.m. as part of this year’s season.

MACCO was founded in 2013 by clarinetist and conductor Antoine T. Clark. Clark has a Doctoral Degree in clarinet performance at The Ohio State University, where he is currently enrolled in the Master of Music program for Orchestral Conducting. He created MACCO to showcase local, classically trained musicians through new, contemporary compositions.

Performances will feature notable artists such as Michael Rene Torres and Nancy Gamso.

Torres is a saxophonist, educator, curator and currently a Lecturer of Saxophone at The Ohio State University. Torres acquires much of his inspiration during the Fall, saying that it brings a sense of tranquility and sentimentality.

Gamso is a woodwind doubler, active musician and current educator at Ohio Wesleyan. Gamso has performed in a variety of musical festivals, including the Lancaster Festival, and is an associate musician with the Columbus Symphony.

If you have not yet had the opportunity to catch MACCO’s amazing performance, events will be taking place through June 18. 

Tickets are available online for $20, $25 at door. Student tickets are $12. The following performances will take place on February 21.

“Pastorale” for Clarinet and Strings (2015) – Michael Rene Torres

World Premiere

Nancy Gamso, clarinet

Symphonies of Wind Instruments- Igor Stravinsky

Prélude à “L’après-midi d’un faune”-Claude Debussy/Benno Sachs

Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 43 (“Le printemps”) – Darius Milhaud

Divertimento for Nine Instruments- Walter Piston

By PR Intern, Theresa Wallenhorst