Chef’s Corner

Schokko Chef Laura Richmond

Chef’s Corner
We asked Chef Laura Richmond to share some of her best kept baking secrets, those that every home cook would benefit from. Below are her top tips.

  1. Choose Your Ingredients

The most important choice a baker can make is to use unsalted butter. Even better, use European-style unsalted butter.

  1. Be Prepared

Have all of your ingredients prepped, softened, melted, sifted and measured before you begin baking.

  1. Take a break

Let the batter sit for a few minutes before pouring it into the pan to allow ingredients to fully combine. It really does make a difference in the way the cake bakes and the texture of the crumb.

  1. Bake It

Make sure your oven racks are in the center of the oven and rotate positions halfway through baking.

Wonderball Celebrates 5 Years

DJs Donnie and Charles

As CMA celebrates the 5th year of Wonderball, we talked to a few of the performers and members of the planning committee who have been involved since the event’s inception.

The men behind Pacemour Creative – Donnie Mossman and Charles Erickson – have acted as Wonderball’s in-house DJ team, adding impressive visual artwork to the blank canvas of CMA’s Schottenstein Property Group Pavilion. They embody Wonderball at its heart and have helped elevate the experience year over year.

Serving on the event planning and marketing committee, Ann Mulvany has helped grow Wonderball into what it is today, sharing the event throughout Columbus, attracting new attendees and talent.

Here’s what these dedicated art enthusiasts had to say about 5 years of Wonderball:

Dj Donnie Mossman

How does art move you?

Donnie Mossman (DM): Being an artist for a living, art moves me in the sense that it is the reason I get up and go to work. Creating art is something I’m constantly preoccupied with throughout the day. On the other side, as a consumer of art, I think the art that really moves me, tends to hit me in the gut, and the pieces that really stick with me are the ones that evoke an involuntary physical/emotional response, whether it’s a song or a painting or an animated video loop.

Charles Erickson (CE): Art moves me because… it actually moves me. I go places and do things for the sake of art — both to create art as well as to experience the art of others. While human connections may give my life the most meaning, it is art that enables and enhances these connections through jointly experiencing art. Therefore, by extension, art moves me because it makes everything in my life more meaningful.

Ann Mulvany (AM): Art connects me with parts of myself and the world that I don’t often experience or give as much attention. It’s so easy to fall into our own habits and routines — especially for those of us in less creative professions — and we get rooted further and further into those spaces instead of exploring new and different things. Whether it’s street graffiti, classical ballet, or a perfectly formed snowflake, art is a force that pushes me out of my day-to-day and makes me think and feel differently, even if just for a moment. 

What about Wonderball keeps you coming back for more?

DM: I love the atmosphere of creativity around the event and everyone working together to top the previous Wonderballs. Plus, there is always a lot of problem solving for me, which I love. Figuring out solutions for the tricky parts of projection mapping installations is something I really enjoy and it’s very satisfying when it all comes to life the night of the party. I also appreciate the museum being so supportive of all the crazy ideas we’ve done over the past 5 years.

CE: Wonderball is special to me as it was my first significant large-scale collaboration with Donnie as a digital artist. I had previously recruited him to assist me with providing visuals at various social events. When the staff reached out to me about being the featured DJ for the first year of Wonderball, I immediately suggested we additionally contribute projected visuals to the event and brought Donnie along for the ride. After that, our partnership solidified, with me talking our way into things and his immense talent proving why we were supposed to be there. Now, 5 years later, Donnie and I have finally branded our mutual creative work under the name Pacemour Creative. Wonderball is something that allows us to express ourselves creatively — much more so than the majority of our professional/ corporate work.

AM: Beyond supporting the museum and the wonderful things it does in our community, I love that Wonderball brings together such a dynamic group of people. From artists and other creatives to lawyers and financial planners, this event is a convergence of different ideas and experiences. (Plus, who doesn’t love a giant party in the dead of winter?!) 

Do you have a favorite Wonderball memory?

DM: I think the 2018 projection mapping in the windows of the event space was my favorite memory, it was a really difficult but rewarding challenge. Seeing the performers and the guests at Wonderball enjoying it and playing in the light form the projections really made me happy.

CE: I am very proud of the 3D face and the mapped windows, as those were both far more complex offerings than the earlier work… but I keep going back to the feeling we had following the first year. Between the stage projections and the “wonder mirror,” we vastly exceeded expectations. With so many people posting images featuring our visuals on Instagram and Facebook, we were a large part in making that first event truly memorable. It was the moment we knew we’d be a part of Wonderball in the future and that we, as a team, were really on the path to something great. I’m still very thankful for that initial opportunity.

AM: Zane Miller’s two-way protocols at last year’s Wonderball was definitely one of my all-time favorites.

LISTEN: to the Wonderball on Spotify list created by DJs Donnie and Charles.

(Top and bottom photos by Nathan Ward).

Bethany Cramer is marketing director for Zipline Logistics and three-year member of the CMA Wonderball marketing committee. She is an ambassador for creativity in Columbus, a life-long learner, yogi, and SUNY Geneseo alumna.

Q&A with Wonderball 2019 Chairs

2019 Wonderball Chairs

As we quickly approach the last Saturday in January, final preparations are being made for one of the biggest parties of the year – Columbus Museum of Art’s Wonderball. On January 26, everyone is invited to put on their best black and white attire and get moving at a one-of-a-kind celebration of the Central Ohio arts community featuring live music, performance artists, interactive exhibits, artisan cocktails and delectable samples from local eateries. Attendance at Wonderball supports numerous Museum initiatives, but it is no small feat to put on this extraordinary annual bash.

In addition to 100+ community volunteers and nearly all CMA staff, each year has a host or host committee to help wrangle the direction lead the planning process. The chairs of Wonderball 2019 are Sandra Lopez, Joshua Schonauer, and Gerry Rodriguez.

Sandra is a legislative assistant with the City Council Division of Community Engagement, and spends her off-hours pursuing many passion projects through community involvement, including the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. By day, Joshua is Counsel in the Office of the Chief Legal Officer at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. By night, Joshua serves as a board member for CATCOand enjoys volunteering for Buddy UP! Tennis and the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and participating in Pelotonia. Not only is Gerry Chief of Staff at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, but he also dedicated time to serving on the board of trustees at Stonewall Columbus.

We sat down with each of our hosts for a pre-party chat to get to know them a bit better.

How does art move you?

SL: For me, art breaks down walls, demystifies stereotypes and above all, art has given me connections to so many new people! Art is a universal language – you don’t have to be fluent in Spanish to relate to Frida Kahlo or Picasso! Art also helps me to understand social issues and pushes me to question what I believe to be true.

JS: Every work of art has a back story: not only of the message that piece conveys to the observer, but also the effort and passion that went into its creation. I am moved by art when I consider everything that moved the artist to create it in the first place and each of the events that had to occur for that work and me to be in the same place at the same time.

GR: I love how art is so personal and subjective. There is nothing greater than walking through a museum and coming across something that unexpectedly fills you with emotion or evokes a memory, so I’m always excited to learn and explore new artists and art forms.

Why did you decide to partner with the Columbus Museum of Art on Wonderball?

SL: Because I love the work that CMA has been doing in the last few years. Their commitment to be more inclusive, not only on the exhibitions they’re showing but also the programs and experiences they are making available to our community truly enriches us all.

JS: I am proud to be affiliated with CMA and Wonderball because this event supports ground-breaking initiatives like Wonder School and Teen Open Studio, and specifically because Wonderball attracts such a wonderfully diverse cross-section of Columbus to the museum each year.

GR: I think Wonderball truly captures the spirit of the Columbus Museum of Art. I am so excited and honored to work with the museum to celebrate art, artists, local businesses in such a wonderful setting.

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Wonderball?

SL: Who doesn’t love a good party?! I’m excited to see the performers and also what people are wearing. There’s so much creativity in Columbus!

JS: I am most looking forward to witnessing our guests’ “Wonder Face” each time they are confronted with something unexpected. We have worked hard to curate an evening that will be inviting and a lot of fun, and one that will also challenge our guests’ perception of what art is and can be.

GR: All of it! My first year attending Wonderball, I had such a great time as soon as I walked in the door, but that meant that I didn’t get a chance to truly go explore and experience the full event. The entire planning committee has done such a great job and I can’t wait to see it all come together.

Tickets are going fast for this not-to-be-missed celebration. 

Through (1/25): $125
At the Door (1/26): $135

Visit the Wonderball page for details and tickets.

– Lexi Sweet is public relations manager at Experience Columbus and a three-year member of the Wonderball marketing committee. Sweet is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

Creativity and Community Take Center Stage at Wonderball

Wonderball at Columbus Museum of Art


Start 2019 with a bang – put on your favorite black and white attire and party for the arts at Wonderball! On January 26, join Columbus Museum of Art for the 5th annual Wonderball, a celebration of Central Ohio’s arts community. This annual event features live local musicians and DJs, performance artists, interactive exhibits, and cocktails and food from Columbus eateries. Not only is Wonderball an out-of-the-box opportunity to engage with the museum, it also supports CMA programs that enrich our local arts communities.

Columbus has long been a cultural hub for Ohio and the Midwest. With designated arts districts such as the Short North, Franklinton, and Olde Towne East, and historic performing arts spaces like the Ohio, Palace, and Lincoln Theatres, countless artists and performers call Columbus home. Their involvement in, and dedication to, the local scene has shaped a vibrant arts community in Columbus and Central Ohio.

In keeping with Columbus’ tradition of welcoming artists, artisans, and performers, Columbus Museum of Art has focused its mission on serving the diverse communities of Columbus and Central Ohio. From its initial chartering in 1878, CMA has enriched Ohio’s arts community with specially curated exhibits and programs. Over its 141-year history, CMA has not only hosted international artists, but has also showcased local legends such as Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Elijah Pierce, and George Bellows.

Now, CMA has focused its efforts to curate programs, events, and resources that give back to Central Ohio. By offering programs for individuals of all ages, abilities, and experience levels, CMA is working to make art more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. 

Wonderball is an event by locals artists, for local art lovers. Your support for Wonderball supports a variety of creative programs such as:

  • Wonder SchoolWonder School
    • Wonder School is a collaboration between Columbus State Community College, Columbus Museum of Art, and The Childhood League Center. Wonder School is a learning laboratory for preschool children ages 3 to 5. This program seeks to foster purposeful play, encourage critical inquiry, and create a collaborative community approach to education for both children and educators. Parents are welcome to attend and assist.
    • With this program, CMA hopes to foster a more compassionate, creative community.




  • Sparking ImaginationsSparking Imaginations
    • Made possible through partnerships with the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio and AWARE (Alzheimer’s Women’s Association to Reach and Engage), the monthly Sparking Imaginations tour is designed to inspire laughter and imagination for people living with dementia and their caregivers. Sparking Imaginations is curated to provide a fun, expressive outlet and forum for dialogue.
    • With more than 220,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in Ohio, CMA hopes to provide a community resource for those in need of engagement and support.



  • Think Like an Artist ThursdaysThink Like an Artist Thursdays 
  • With Think Like An Artist Thursdays, visitors are encouraged to create art, enjoy craft drinks, and experience live entertainment at CMA. Each month featured partnerships with local creators and creatives, so guests will always have a new and unique experience! Novices and experts alike to can hone their artistic skills and cultivate their creativity. Cost of the program is included with Thursday evening admission, $5 for nonmembers and free for members.




  • Teen Open StudioTeen Open Studio
    Teen Open Studio is a free after school program held on Thursdays and Friday designed for Columbus teens. Teen Open Studio is hosted by CMA in a space which incorporates lab space, technology resources, and art supplies. This program gives teens flexibility to work on homework, experiment with the arts, or just hang out with friends. Made possible through partnerships with Battelle and The Reinberger Foundation, Teen Open Studio provides Columbus teens with a free, accessible space to learn and grow.



Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate and support the arts in Central Ohio. Find more information and get your tickets now for Wonderball. 

      • Public Ticket Early Bird Sale: $100
      • End of Early Bird Pricing (1/14): $125
      • At the Door (1/26): $135

Dinah Adams is a data analyst at Futurety, and member of the Wonderball Committee. Adams holds a Master’s degree in communication from The Ohio State University. 

[Wonderball photo by Nikole B. Prete; Sparking Imaginations photo by Scott Cunningham; Think Like an Artist Thursdays photo by Megan Ralston]

Celebrating Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

All month-long Columbus Museum of Art will be celebrating Day of the Dead. We asked Leticia Vazquez-Smith of Latino Arts for Humanity to tell us more about the holiday and how she celebrates.

What is Day of Dead?
The celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is one of the most sacred and revered days in the Mexican and Central American cycle of feasts. It stems from the ancient pre-Columbian belief that as long as one was remembered by family and friends, one continued to live. In celebrating the dead, they were kept alive. 

Why is Day of the Dead important?
It is very important to preserve the festivity that holds a great significant in the life of Mexico’s indigenous communities and that provides the opportunity to celebrate life and death as a duality allowing people to commemorate in a very special way the life of those who have departed.

How do you celebrate El dia de los muertos?
In my family we start the celebration days before by gathering Cempasuchitl flowers and arranging for the “ofrenda.” Preparing the portraits and deciding the menu to present to our friends and family. My mom and me will cook together and try the family recipes.  will set the offering with incense, water, candles, salt, flowers, will spread the petals on the floor and set the “papel picado.”  Once everything is in place, we will seat and eat.  Then the next day the visit to the “panteon” Cemetery. Once in the cemetery everybody will start cleaning and sometimes re-painting the graves, then the flowers and decorations are set. While everybody is getting ready there is an opportunity to talk to the once have passed away. We start the “copal” incense and play music.  Family and friends bring food and drinks.  It is a great time to enjoy family and memories, some will cry some will laugh.  Everybody will eat or drink.  I love to visit the cemeteries that are far from the city in small villages with my friends and enjoy the big party with traditional food and music!

For more on Columbus Museum of Art’s Day of the Dead programs visit the Events and Programs page.

Leticia Vazquez-Smith a cultural worker, researcher, craftswoman, and an avid promoter of Mexican traditions and culture in Columbus. She is also president of the Latino Arts for Humanity. Two of her specialties are “foodways” and “Day of the Dead celebration.” Since 1999 Leticia has presented bilingual community workshops about Day of the Dead. In 2005 she established an annual Day of the Day Community Event in Columbus, which this year takes place on October 20 at Greenlawn Cemetery. 



Can Anyone Lead for Inclusion?

Can Anyone Lead for Inclusion: Minday Galik and Alison Kennedy presenting at the 2018 OMA Conference


Can anyone lead for inclusion? That was the question CMA’s Manager for Public Safety and Gallery Experience Mindy Galik and I posed during our roundtable presentation and discussion at the annual Ohio Museums Association conference, which took place this year in Dayton from April 14-16. Museum professionals and students from all over the state came together to learn from each other, connect with colleagues in the field, and enjoy six Dayton museums through group exploration and behind-the-scenes tours.

Equitas Health Institute kicked off a preconference workshop on serving the LGBTQ community with cultural humility and structural competency, providing resources and starting great conversations between participants. Speaker Ramona Peele highlighted the importance of asking questions, continuing education, and remembering that there is always more to learn. 

Equitas Health’s presentation on serving the LGBTQ community was a great precursor to our session the following day: “Can Anyone Lead for Inclusion? Gender Inclusivity at the Columbus Museum of Art.” We shared lessons learned from the museum’s recent addition of gender pronouns to staff name badges and steered conversation amongst participants about how to create change in their own institutions. After telling our story of struggle, mistakes, and triumph, Mindy and I asked two questions of our audience: “Why do good ideas often die?” and “Who needs to be at the table?” Participants broke out into small groups, discussing their own challenges and writing down their ideas on post-it notes. The big takeaway: change happens slowly, but small efforts have large impacts.

Presenting a session brought the great things happening at CMA to the attention of the rest of the Ohio museum community and has inspired potential partnerships between professionals in the Columbus area. The Ohio Museums Association conference provides a lovely opportunity to build relationships between people and institutions in the state of Ohio.

Be sure to check out the winners of the annual OMA awards, which were given out during the conference. Special shout out to the Massillon Museum for their Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception exhibition and Ohio History Connection for their Community Partnership Award for “Bhutanese-Nepali Neighbors: Photographs by Tariq Tarey.”

– Alison Kennedy is Gallery Associate Team Captain, and Mindy Galik is Manager for Public Safety and Gallery Experience and an OMA Board Trustee.