Columbus, Ohio Undesign the Redline Exhibit

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Undesign the Redline Exhibit

Undesign the Redline is an interactive exhibit that explores the history of structural racism caused by the 1938 redlining maps and how this inequality continues to impact our communities today, focusing on the ways in which we can come together to “undesign” these systems with intentionality. 

Systemic challenges today, like inequalities in housing, education, income, criminal justice, and health are far from separate issues. These challenges are rooted in a deep and entangled history of policies, practices, and processes that remain hidden and misunderstood.  

Undesign the Redline explores these challenges, reframes them as opportunities, and grounds discussions about race, wealth, opportunity, and power in an honest context that is not about guilt and blame.  

This allows everyone to contribute value to the design and development of new projects, partnerships, and decisions that seek to transform communities and move beyond the challenging – and often clouded – situation of our entangled past. 

The Undesign the Redline exhibit travels nationally to cities, towns, and communities. It has been localized for Columbus by a committee of local experts and historians, and it will be here for the next several months so that we can learn together, activate, and mobilize into a strong “we” capable of transformation. 


Exhibit Locator: Where will Undesign the Redline be next?

9/21/22-11/7/22Columbus State Community College-Mitchell HallM-Th: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM F: 7:00 AM-5:00PM
11/9/22-12/2/22City of Columbus (Private Showing)N/A
12/5/22 - 12/11/22Barnett Community CenterM-F: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
12/12/22-12/18/22Glenwood Recreation CenterT-F: 10:00 AM-9:00 PM Sat: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
12/19/22 - 1/8/23 Holiday Break - Exhibit in Storage N/A
1/9/23-1/15/23Franklin Park Adventure CenterTBD
1/17/23-1/22/23Linden Recreation CenterM-F: 9:00 AM-9:00 PM Sat: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
1/23/23-1/29/23The Reeb CenterM-F: 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
2/1/23-2/15/23The Ohio State University-Hale HallTBD
2/15/23-3/15/23Columbus Metropolitan Library Main BranchTBD
3/16/23 - 3/31/23Capital University Center for Faith and LearningTBD
4/1/23 - 7/7/23Private ShowingTBD

Guided Tour of the Exhibit

Guided tours of the Undesign the Redline exhibit by a YWCA Columbus staff member are available for a cost of $250. Please contact Lea Goldsmith at to schedule your tour.


Exhibit Sponsors

Thank you to the following community and corporate sponsors for your support to bring the national interactive exhibit Undesign the Redline to Columbus.

Activists and Agitators_Sponsor Contact


Jessica Wichtman-Will



Community Sponsors

Advocate Sponsor

Empowerment Sponsor

Exhibit Host Sponsors

Capital University     Columbus Metropolitan Library     Columbus State Community College

The Ohio State University     The City of Upper Arlington





Undesign the Redline Advisory Committee

Thank you to the following community partners who have joined us to make this exhibit and its content even more powerful.

Kerstin Carr


Regina Clemons

YWCA Columbus

Deidre Hamlar

Jefferson Avenue Center's Board of Trustees

Niel Jurist


Kari Kauffman

Experience Columbus

Stacia Kuceyeski

Ohio History Connection

Gerika Logan

The Ohio State University

Mark Lomax

The Columbus Foundation

Charity Martin-King

The Ohio State University

Harvey Miller

The Ohio State University

Monica Moran

Franklin County Auditors Office

Nancy Recchie

Columbus Landmarks Association

Kyle Strickland

Kirwan Institute

Nicole Sutton

Columbus Library

Amy Tillinghast


Sarah Townes

Experience Columbus

Kevin Wheeler

City of Columbus

Michael Wilkos

United Way of Central Ohio





Lea Goldsmith
Event Projects Manager



Molly Kowaleski
Director of Marketing & Communications