Columbus Schools: Good Design and the Community
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Hannah Brokenshire

Exhibit Columbus Associate Director
Columbus Design Institute

Hannah Brokenshire is a creative communicator with event production and marketing experience in arts and culture, higher education, and government environments. In her current role as Associate Director of Exhibit Columbus, Hannah oversees communications and operations for the two-year cycle of programming that celebrates architecture, art, design, and community in Columbus, Indiana. She managed special events during the acclaimed 2017 and 2019 exhibitions, and organized logistics for the 2018 symposium produced in partnership with AIA Indiana, AIA Kentucky, Newfields, and Docomomo US. After graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Brokenshire served as the Public Information Officer for the Ohio Arts Council.

Columbus Schools: Good Design and the Community

Columbus, Indiana is known as a mecca for modern architecture, boasting seven National Historic Landmarks from the Miller House and Garden (Eero Saarinen, 1957) to The Republic Building (Myron Goldsmith, 1971). But if you look closer you’ll discover that in many ways Columbus’ design legacy, and its impact on the community, started with investments made in the schools. The commissioning of innovative, well-designed educational facilities through the Cummins Foundation Architecture Program was the solution to the Baby Boom in the 1950s, and today makes up a key part of Columbus' design legacy. In response to COVID-19, Exhibit Columbus––an exploration of architecture, art, design, and community––created a social media campaign to celebrate the schools in a moment where we need to be physically distant but want to remain socially connected. In this 10-minute talk, you’ll learn more about the stories of these spaces and their impact on the community today.

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