Takeaways from the Harlem Renaissance Experience at Gallery Hop

By Hailey Stangebye | Content Manager

The rhythmic rise and fall of poetry wafted through the streets of the Short North, enticing crowds from one corner to the next. A young man peaked out from behind his map and paused to take in the sight of a mural. He was still for a moment, while the people around him swirled in and out of the galleries, swaying from one performance to the next.

The sounds of live music stretched from alley to alley like a mother opening her arms wide to embrace each and every passerby.

The Harlem Renaissance Experience at Gallery Hop was just that. An experience.

The Harlem Renaissance Experience at Gallery Hop was just that. An experience.

Behind that experience was our dedicated team who worked tirelessly to pull off an event that felt effortless.

Our creatives curated every detail to reflect the spirit and intention of the Harlem Renaissance. The gallery hop map, designed by our Creative Director Angela Warf, harkens back to the Harlem speakeasy maps from 100 years ago.

This event was the grand debut of 12 new murals in Columbus’ Short North arts district. Each mural was created by a local, black artist. Our team identified these artists and networked with them to create opportunities for the exposure they deserve. 

This initiative added a physical layer to the Short North — a layer of diversity and inclusion — that had been missing for years. All of those murals will remain up for at least 18 months.

This initiative added a physical layer to the Short North — a layer of diversity and inclusion — that had been missing for years.

We also helped to coordinate with 10 galleries, all of whom exhibited local, African American artists.

To add to the overall experience, we also orchestrated a series of performances to compliment several of the murals. Richard Pryor’s son, Mason Pryor, made an appearance in front of his father’s mural, poets performed spoken word and dancers brought still images to life.

Not only did we make this event engaging, but we also made it accessible by partnering with Hopper Carts to provide free transportation.

We created an experience.

I brag about this because I’m incredibly proud to be a part of the team that made an event like this possible.

We call ourselves a marketing and branding agency, but that doesn’t even scratch the surface. Events like the Harlem Renaissance Experience at Gallery Hop show that we are so much more than that. We bring people together and create spaces for dialogue and engagement.

That’s more than marketing.