Loud & Proud at CMA

 (Columbus, OH) – Join Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) for the Loud & Proud Launch Party previewing CMA’s first ever LGBTQ and Allied membership Friday, September 28 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Entrance to the party is free, thanks to the generosity of presenting sponsors Equitas Health and Prizm Magazine. In addition to light refreshments, the Loud & Proud Launch Party will feature surprise performances, including an appearance by Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, and live creations by community members and Columbus-based artists.  

 “Sold,” a perfume salesman by day, will design one of the evenings live creations. “Sold” pulls inspiration for his process by wearing perfume and submerging himself in music, a synesthetic experience that allows him to tap into his emotions to inform his work. View his work on Instagram @sold_artist. Columbus-based artist Bryan Moss will also design and install a live creation. View his work at www.theartofbryanmoss.com or on Instagram @strangethingsmoss.

During the Loud & Proud Launch Party, the Museum Store will feature a trunk show of Design With Heart Stationary by Jason Bradley-Krauss. All Loud & Proud party guests will receive 20% off all purchases. Design With Heart is an artful line of paper goods inspired by a simple but powerful premise: love is love. Design With Heart says all the things that people want to say, no matter who they are or who they love.

CMA Loud & Proud memberships include free admission to CMA, CMA’s collection, CMA’s special exhibitions, free parking, and discounts in the Museum Store, and Schokko Café. In addition, Loud & Proud members receive invitations to two annual cocktail parties and three evening tours led by local drag personalities, docents and leaders in the community. Loud & Proud and Allied membership founding sponsors are Dickinson Wright, Envisage Wealth, Equitas Health, Prizm Magazine, Lindsay Gallery, Brandt-Roberts Galleries and Sherrie Gallerie. Media sponsor is Sophisticated Living.

CMA’s collection encompasses artists from diverse backgrounds telling inclusive stories about the human experience. With our Loud & Proud members, CMA will highlight LGBTQ artists as well as art with subject matter relevant to the LGBTQ community. CMA is proud of our LGBTQ artists. We’re proud of our collection. We’re proud to create a great experience with great art for the LGBTQ community who we invite to be loud and proud at CMA!

Prizm Magazine was created to connect LGBTQ+ people across Ohio to a statewide community that shares their triumphs, joys, setbacks and struggles. We are a monthly magazine and companion website that covers news, politics, health, arts, entertainment, fashion and culture through journalistic storytelling and informative content with a modern, artistic edge.  We distribute 25,000 magazines in “free racks” throughout Ohio in the first 72 hours of every month.  Prizm is a social enterprise for-profit enterprise of Equitas Health.  For more information, please visit www.prizmnews.com or find them on Facebook @PrizmNews.

Established in 1984, Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio), is a regional not-for-profit community-based healthcare system and federally qualified community health center look-alike. Its expanded mission has made it one of the nation’s largest HIV/AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) healthcare organizations. With 17 offices in 11 cities, it serves more than 67,000 individuals in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia each year through its diverse healthcare and social service delivery system focused around: primary and specialized medical care, community pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, HIV/STI prevention, advocacy, and community health initiatives. The Equitas Health Pharmacy & Prizm magazine operate as social enterprises for Equitas Health; 100% of profits are reinvested back into the organization’s programs and services. For more information, visit www.equitashealth.com or find them on Facebook or Twitter.

Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Henry D. and Carol B. Clark; Paul-Henri Bourguignon and Erika Bourguignon Fund for Visual Arts; Vada Beetler Memorial; and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA, Schokko Café, and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Thursday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. Museum admission is $14 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Special exhibition fees are as follows: $20 adults, $14 seniors (60+) and students (18+), $11 students (6-17), free for CMA members and children 5 and under. CMA general admission is free on Sundays and $5 on Thursday evenings from 5:00-9:00 pm. General admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA charges a flat rate of $5 for parking in the Museum’s East Gay lot. CMA members park for free. For additional information, call 614.221.6801, visit www.columbusmuseum.org, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @columbusmuseum.


Contact: Melissa Ferguson, 614.629.0306, melissa.ferguson@cmaohio.org