Alright. Many of you know that we just (I mean, last week) moved to Columbus OH. This is a huge, frightening and also exciting move for me, as I grew up in a rather populated town of 2000 people in NM: if you couldn’t bike where you needed to be, you were probably going to die of dehydration anyhow. Columbus is over a million people. Quite a change for me.
I drove around the city this morning to get myself oriented and found the two very most important parts of town: the library and the art museum.
Let me rephrase this: I LIVE IN A CITY WITH AN ART MUSEUM!
To celebrate my braveitude, and the fact that the electric is on in the new house, I’m giving away two awesome mugs that I know you just can’t live without. Yeah, I’m pretty nice, huh? The black ceramic one is from the Columbus Metropolitan Library system, and the white one is from the Columbus Museum of Art. It reads “ART SPEAKS join the conversation” on the back and Columbus Art Museum on the other side. It’s a plastic travel mug.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library has twenty branches, in addition to the Main Library. Gosh! That’s cool. The Main Library is less than a mile away, and the Parson’s Branch is on the way to the grocery store. The Parsons Branch is *tiny*. I think my house is bigger than the building, but it was totally hopping. They have a homework help session M-F 3 to 6 pm, there was a woman just there when I was getting my card who was a volunteer to help teachers -school teachers or homeschool parents– with training for childrens’ literacy skills, every computer was occupied, and they actually had some science fiction. Unexpectedly, they had a rather large collection of graphic novels at the branch.
The Columbus Museum of Art really is fab. They have an utterly enormous collection for a city museum. The most interesting thing about the collection is that they have at least two paintings by a lot of the really well-known artists, so numbskulls like me can better get to know that artist. So it’s not just one snapshot of “Here’s Kadinsky”, but actually an array of paintings showing the artist’s development. Also they have a well-balanced collection that includes women artists, too. One of the current special exhibits is one on the Lego as art.
But anyway you don’t care about all that. You just want your awesome mug. I would encourage you to tell me about your library or a museum local to you on your own blog, with or without an essay, maybe just a photo, and then send me the link to the post. That would be as cool as me sending you a neat mug.
To let me know that you’d like one of these two mugs, just say so in the comments, or email me. If you live overseas, I’m going to mail you the plastic Columbus Museum of Art travel much because it’s lighter. I’ll pick two people to have a mug on… uh, Next Thursday, Thanksgiving.