Giving: Marshall Shorts Says Public Art Can Promote Change – Columbus Monthly – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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The Artfluential founder worked with Maroon Arts Group to create “Deliver Black Dreams.”

Micah Walker  |  Columbus Monthly

Marshall Shorts is always engaging with the community.  

The 38-year-old King-Lincoln Bronzeville artist and designer wears many hats—he is the founder of creative agency Artfluential, the Maroon Arts Group (a collective that promotes Black culture through art, education and community events), newsletter “Shut Up and Create” and co-founder of artist conference Creative Control Fest.   

In 2020, Shorts added one more thing to his list: Deliver Black Dreams, an initiative that uses public art as a vehicle to increase racial equity in Columbus. Launched last year, the project is a partnership between Maroon Arts Group, the city of Columbus and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.  

Deliver Black Dreams began as a voting c


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