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‘Home is Where the Art is’ creates an experience for local artists and students to help guide and assist individuals in the homeless community to create their own unique pieces of art. The program is a collaboration with the Chattahoochee Valley Jail Ministries, Safe-House at Rose Hill United Methodist Church and the Bo Bartlett Center.

The ‘Art Makes You Smart!’ program takes art and artists into select Muscogee County Schools teaching the basic principles of art. The program’s goal is to foster critical thinking, encourage human empathy and inspire creativity. AMYS is a Partners in Education, Partners at Large Program collaboration with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the students of the Muscogee County School District.



he Bo Bartlett Center had been a dream for more than 15 years, starting under CSU President emeritus Frank Brown, before it officially opened on January 18, 2018. It was announced in 2012 by then-CSU President Tim Mescon and started with a gift from Bartlett and his wife, Betsy Eby, also an artist. Bartlett’s sister, Sandy Scarborough, and her husband, Otis Scarborough, have donated parts of their extensive collection to the center. The Bartlett Center construction was a $6.5 million project, all coming from private funds raised in the First Choice Comprehensive Campaign. Though the center bears his name, Bartlett said the center


belongs to others in theory and practice. “It’s not my center, it’s your center; it’s Columbus’ center, it’s the South’s center and it’s America’s center,” Bartlett shared. But the center has Bartlett’s flair as dozens of his works hang on the walls from the front to the back of the 18,425 square foot interactive gallery space. The center is on the top floor of the Corn Center for the Visual Arts at the base of the Dillingham Bridge. In addition to showing Bartlett’s paintings, the Bo Bartlett Center collaborates with local organizations to introduce art-making experiences to the community.

‘ARTISTIC ABILITY’ is an ongoing art based program held in collaboration with New Horizons Behavioral Health. Through this ongoing partnership, trained volunteers introduce creativity to adults with disabilities through hands-on projects.

The Bo Bartlett Center hosts two Masterclasses each year and invites the community to join artists for a three-day workshop to learn from visiting artists.


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