Today Red Oak students, teachers, and parent volunteers spent time in the King-Lincoln District just east of downtown. Throughout the 20th century, King-Lincoln was the cultural and commercial heart of the African American community in Columbus. Visiting with arts professionals at King Arts Complex and Lincoln Theater, then spending time at the Long Street Bridge Cultural Wall, we learned about the artists and activists who brought life to the area in the past, and those working there today.
We started our day at the King Arts Complex…
After lunch we were all ready for a walk to the Lincoln Theater. First built in 1928, the theater was shuttered for 3 decades before former Mayor Michael Coleman and a group of supporters raised funds to renovate it. Today it is a cultural destination for performances, classes, and special events of all kinds. The building also serves as the home of Harmony Project (which you should look up if you aren’t familiar with it!).
After touring the theater’s ballroom - where various social and military groups like the Tuskegee Airmen held dances in earlier times - classrooms, and the practice spaces, we were ready for another walk. Just down the block from the theater we strolled along the Long Street bridge. This spot is well worth a visit, featuring historic photographs and block print portraits celebrating people and places who made an impact and left a legacy on King-Lincoln and beyond.
As always, we’re grateful to our school staff and parent volunteers for organizing this opportunity and to Mother Nature for limiting the rain while we were outdoors.