Saturday, October 22, 2011

How HighBall Helps Columbus

High Ball is a fantastic celebration of creativity, costuming and couture - this year located in the north end of the Short North at the intersection of Fifth Ave. and N. High St.  It takes place Friday, October 28th from 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM.  Street closures on Fifth and N. High make for a dynamic atmosphere as the street comes alive with color, lights and music.

John Angelo, of the Short North Arts District, puts it best saying that "High Ball is a celebration of Columbus’ creativity, spotlighting the fiber arts with particular emphasis on fashion and costume design. It also emphasizes the closely related arts of hair styling and makeup - both couture and theatrical.  Over the years High Ball has grown to be a major platform for visual and performing arts. In the last 4 years High Ball has bestowed over $40,000 in artist stipends and grants, costume competition prizes, and charitable contributions to over 100 individuals, groups and organizations.  Through this variety of contributions High Ball has facilitated artists reaching much broader audiences and exposing their talents.  Our goal is to support the artist community, and to be a part of their growing success.  We feel that Columbus has one of the broadest pools of talent in the country and they are the very fabric of our community.  We could not bring the vision of High Ball to life without these many partnerships."

In closing John states "All of that being said, High Ball is also a fundraiser for the Short North Arts District. The proceeds from the event help the business association pursue initiatives that strengthen and promote the Short North and its many constituents. This brings us full circle.  We directly support the artists that make the Short North so special, then we support the Arts District which can  then further advance the artists.  It is a symbiotic relationship."