Scrawl is back and bigger (and safer) than ever!
Scrawl is back and bigger (and safer) than ever! After going virtual in 2020, the Franklinton Arts District’s longest-running arts festival returns August 28-29 to a new, larger, and more spread-out location—400 Square—with more mobile murals from the city’s best visual artists, creative local vendors, DJ sets, food trucks, and local brews. Scrawl’s new footprint provides a safe, socially-distanced experience for all artists and attendees.
- Our new name isn’t really that new. Scrawl has been the shorthand that our artists, organizers, and long-time attendees have used for years.
- Our new name reflects growth and change. This year’s event will feature a larger footprint, more community partners, and new experiences. Scrawl speaks to our growth – both up to this point and in the years to come.
- Our new name is welcoming to all. We understand the powerful role that the arts play in our culture and, as our culture has shifted in the 15 years since we started, it's now more important than ever to set an example. While our original name “Urban Scrawl” started out as a play on words to critique “urban sprawl” and the suburbanization of Columbus, we recognize that not everyone may view our name through this lens. We understand that words matter, and that “urban” has become widely misused to exploit and stigmatize people of color, especially within the arts. It is our goal to be an inclusive organization and event that values and welcomes all artists and voices.