Matt Monta of 614NOW attended and reviewed the People's Art Night, organized and hosted by the ISO Columbus.
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Photo by Meredith B.
The diversity of faces in the crowded, steamy, politically-charged parlor was reminiscent of David Van Ronk’s 1960s Greenwich Village scene. I half expected Van Ronk or Pete Seeger or Allen Ginsberg to walk in, song or poem in hand. Yet, for the fierce activism that ISO prides itself on, there was a conspicuous absence of fire-and-brimstone ideological sermons that one might equate with such an event. The focus was exclusively upon the act of expression and even when the performance wasn’t entirely polished, the packed room was hushed throughout and delivered genuine applause at the end. The appreciation for that act of expression in all its forms was the underpinning act of solidarity.