Artists in Columbus are staying active in the community, lending their expertise and many talents to causes and organizations they hold close to their heart.   

This month, we explored the different ways we, as creatives, can give back to the community, by first discussing the endeavors of another influential local, Jeni Britton Bauer (of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream!), in which she donated 100% of sales made during "Ice Cream for Breakfast Day" between a specific time period to various local nonprofit organizations, varying by city.  

Rise & Design attendee, Jeremy Slagle, talked about his uplifting work with Columbus Foundation's Big Table as a founder of the Camp Click program. Camp Click, partnered with Midwest Photo Exchange, calls for people to donate their old cameras to children in Columbus Public Schools who are then paired with professional photographers to learn how to use the equipment and find and hone their creative skills. 

Igloo Letterpress, a local letterpress printer, also held an event allowing people around the city to come in and write to our senator on one of their beautifully printed postcards.  

In addition, there was discussion regarding social media and how its impact (or lack thereof) truly affects the events happening in the world today.  As creatives with a large social media following, it is often important to think about what type of message we want to send out and what kind of change we would like to create.

Artists and designers have the power to create order out of a world of disorder, and it is always great to use those skills to elicit positive changes on a local (or even larger!) level. 

We would love to hear if any of you have advice or have contributed your creative talents to the community to create a positive impact, please comment below!