These programs are made possible by a grant from the Efroymson Family Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation. Learn more >

Tiny I.M. Pei with Sarah Marsom


September 28

11:00 am–2:00 pm

Cost: $40, registration required
Materials and refreshments provided


Historic preservationist and educator, Sarah Marsom, brings her Tiny Activist Project to Columbus!

The modern design movement brought innovative ideas and new design to the American landscape. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, by sewing a doll inspired by architect I.M. Pei. Sewing was an integral part of the lives of many mid century modern women, so there is no better way to pay homage to one of the most iconic modernists! While sewing Tiny I.M. Peis, participants will learn lesser known aspects of Pei's life and stories of Columbus, including who exactly Cleo was! No experience sewing? Do not worry! This is a beginner level sewing workshop.


Glassblowing with Lisa Pelo


October 18: Poured Hearts

October 19: Pulled Flowers

October 20: Blown Pumpkins & Gourds

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Lisa Pelo, artist and owner of Hot Blown Glass, brings her working studio back to downtown Columbus. For more than 25 years, Lisa has perfected her technique in making stunning blown glass, slumped and fused glass, case glass and metal sculpture. Sign up for an hour-long time slot to work with Lisa and her assistants. You’ll create a glass object on your own after a brief tutorial. Each piece is unique and can be customized with an array of colored glass. Lisa’s original handmade artwork will also be available for purchase.


Spoken Word with Buddy Wakefield

November 15

5:30–8:30 pm

Cost: $40, registration required
Materials and refreshments provided

Writer and performer Buddy Wakefield returns to Columbus for a workshop on self-discovery and expression.

Los Angeles, California-based spoken word artist, Buddy Wakefield will lead a workshop focused on performance poetry as a vehicle through which we can make sense of the world. It will allow participants one-on-one guidance with a world-renowned poet related not only to writing, but also performing.

This workshop may contain mature content, and is suggested for ages 18 and up.



Thank you to the Efroymson Family Fund for making this program possible. 

The Efroymson Family Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, continues a long legacy of charitable commitment by the Efroymson family in central Indiana. The Efroymson Family Fund was established in 1998 by Dan and Lori Efroymson to promote the viability of communities and to date has awarded more than $100 million in grants in central Indiana and beyond. For more information about the Efroymson Family Fund, visit