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King Arts Complex Celebrates 25 Years

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One of the landmarks of Columbus' black history is the King Arts Complex, which is part cultural center and part history museum.

This year, the center is celebrating a 25-year anniversary.

Located on the near-east side of Columbus, the King Arts Complex is finishing a celebration of 25 years this month.
For some, it's a hidden treasure of Columbus, but it serves a critical need.

"But for the King Arts Complex, a lot of people would not have any engagement in the arts. The arts lift our spirits. It's food for the soul and people come here for that," said Demetries Neely, CEO of the King Arts Complex.

Founded in 1987 to honor Martin Luther King Jr., the complex has growing to a 60,000 square foot arts center, doubling in size.

"We have arts and artists from all over the world, and their art and artifacts are here," Neely said.

A gallery installed currently highlights African American inventors and their inventions.

For the month of February, the complex has been celebrating Black History Month with a film series highlighting black directors.

The robust schedule of events continues in March.

"We'll go into March with our Jazz on the Avenue series, in which we'll do the Starship Orchestra with Norman Connors and Tom Brown. That will be Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m..
 said Jevon Collins, director of programming.

The people leading the center said they are looking forward to another 25 years, and serving as a destination for unique art in Columbus.

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