“Fierce Landscapes: Conversations about Pilgrimage” 2/28/2021
Columbus Crossing Borders co-director Laurie VanBalen presented a talk on this topic to Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus, Ohio
Creative Mornings Columbus - 2/19/2021
Columbus Crossing Borders director Laurie VanBalen was the guest speaker on Creative Mornings Columbus.
Laurie's presentation, "Our Shared Humanity" included conversation about The Columbus Crossing Borders Project, human rights education and project plans for 2021 .
Creative Mornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series created in 2008, hosting events in 207 cities worldwide. The concept is breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019, we went to the Gallery at Lakeland Community College where we attended a reception, for which Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC was a vital contributor, regarding the Columbus Crossing Borders Art project where we viewed an art exhibit and watched a screening of the documentary film “Breathe Free” produced in connection with the project.
Four education organizations that support the Westerville City Schools are partnering on a project called Westerville Crossing Borders.
WCPO News Clips 6/26/2018
News coverage of the The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center exhibit by 9 On Your Side WCPO Cincinnati.
WCPO News Clips 6/26/2018
Sneak Preview of the The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center exhibit by 9 On Your Side WCPO Cincinnati.
Children’s mural at Pataskala pool meant to erase borders, promote unity 6/11/2018
When people see the African giraffe, the sun from Uruguay’s flag, the Bhutanese poppies and the Syrian woodpecker painted on a mural at the Pataskala Community Pool, artist Laurie VanBalen hopes they see the potential for central Ohio to become a global community.
PATASKALA - The Columbus Crossing Borders Project is about forging connections. Pataskala artist Laurie VanBalen pulled together 34 different artists for the upcoming travelling exhibit. Using the stories of refugees, the various artists created individual works that "cross" their canvas borders, with interconnecting elements moving from one painting to another to form a 34-piece collage.
A traveling exhibit of artwork shares the experiences of refugees on canvas. Opening reception is 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 in the Tibbot Gallery. Experience a visual tribute to resilience, strength, and courage in “The Columbus Crossing Borders Exhibit” on display in the Tibbott Center Gallery Thursday, Nov. 2 and Friday, Nov. 3.
The University School of Nashville will be hosting an exhibit as a visual tribute to the resilience, strength, and courage of those who have survived incredible hardship within the immigrant community.
The traveling exhibit comes from Columbus, Ohio and will be in Nashville for a two-day event on Nov. 2-3, 2017. The exhibit will present paintings by 34 artists along with an opportunity to view the documentary film Breathe Free by filmmaker Doug Swift.
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