Art, music and more at J. Ashburn

Those seeking memorable cultural experiences have one more reason to check out the J. Ashburn Jr. Youth Center. The center will host a Jazz, Art and  Coffee event from 2 to 5 p.m. April 12 at 85 Clarendon Ave. in Columbus.

This is the first in a series of events designed to foster the center becoming a cultural destination featuring African artworks, local African-American history and more. The J. Ashburn Jr. Youth Center is committed to its mission and bent on being around another 50 years for westside community children.

The Jazz, Art & Coffee fundraiser is open to persons who love causes, like learning about and experiencing other cultures, and are interested in learning a bit of folklore about the “Dogon People of Mali,” evidenced in their artwork while enjoying a great cup of coffee and shopping.  Acclaimed local artist Queen Brooks will also be on hand.

Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased at the donate tab at, or donate on the J. Ashburn Jr. Youth Center Facebook page. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
In addition to the art exhibit, music will be provided by the Fort Hayes Arts and Academics High School jazz ensemble under the direction of Mark Donavon as instrumental music director. A silent auction will be held and door prizes drawn.

The J. Ashburn Jr. Youth Center was founded in 1962 by Dr. Jacob Julian Ashburn who was inspired by his father’s life-long dedication to public service and was named in honor of his father Reverend Jacob Ashburn Jr., one of the first African-Americans to serve in the Ohio Legislature (1942-1943). The center’s mission is to enrich and cultivate the hearts and minds of youth, in a safe and nurturing environment.

For more information, visit or call 279-0012.

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