Presented by State Auto Insurance Companies, the Lincoln Theater Association will host a Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m. to commemorate three Columbus natives who have made outstanding contributions to the community throughout their careers. professional – jazz musician Arnett Howard, artist Roman Johnson and poet Charles “Is Said” Lyon. These local pioneers will be honored in a ceremony that will include a multi-gender tribute to their life and work. The second half of the ceremony will then take place outside to reveal the new stars on the Walk of Fame.

The event is free and open to the public upon prior registration. The indoor ceremony will also be available online. In-person and online registrations can be secured at

Jazz musician, broadcaster, author, teacher, and historian, Arnett Howard began playing music professionally in 1967 as a member of several local jazz groups and led the Arnett Howard’s Creole Funk Band from 1988 to 2002. Howard has co-authored Listen for the Jazz: Keynotes in History of Columbus (2012); Columbus: the musical crossroads (2008); and Ohio Jazz: A History of Jazz in the Buckeye State (2012), the latter inspired by the authors’ 1999 Ohio History Connection exhibit, “Jazz Ohio!” which lasted a year before portions moved to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Howard grew up in Plain City and graduated from Capital University. He returned in 2007 to teach the Jazz History Course in Columbus for his alma mater. Since 1985 he has given more than 5,000 concerts.

Born in Columbus, Roman Johnson has been involved in the fine arts for over 35 years, studying with Cletus Butler, Emerson Burkhart, and Edwin Dickerson. He spent a year painting in Paris and five years at the New York Art League. While in New York City, he served as an art instructor for the American Red Cross and the Veterans Administration, teaching and drawing recovering military personnel. Johnson received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree in early spring 1998 from Ohio Dominican College. In 2003, he received the Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts, recipient of an individual artist. Johnson died in 2005 at the age of 88.

Author, mentor, activist, educator and poet Is Said designs, stages, writes and executes unique multimedia artistic events that combine visionary and historical poetry or prose with energetic African music and dance. Founder of the Columbus-based Advance Party in 1973, he brings to life a powerful spiritual vision to inspire, inform and empower diverse audiences. With an inclusive and multicultural approach, Is Said serves formally and informally as a consultant to numerous artistic agencies and individuals, organizing educational workshops that promote literacy, creativity, performance skills and self-awareness. .

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