Near East Art Walk

Near East Art Walk Site 388Near East Art Walk

About This Art Walk

The Near East Art Walk will lead you through the King-Lincoln District and Olde Towne East Neighborhoods located just east of Downtown. Experience Columbus’ African-American and Jazz history along Mt. Vernon Avenue and Long Street, the grand homes of Olde Towne, and the unique history of one of Columbus’ oldest “street car suburbs.” You will find quirky architectural designs, the soul of a neighborhood restored, colorful murals celebrating Columbus’ past, present, and future, and much more!

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Near East Art Walk Map: Download and Print.

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Near East Audio Tour for your iPod or MP3 player:  Download . 

Instructions to download audio tour: Click on the link to download the audio files. When prompted, select a location to save the files to on your computer (we recommend your music library). Once the download is complete, double click on the file to access the audio files using your preferred program (iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc.). The files correspond to the number of each site on this Art Walk map.

Music Credit for Site 383: “Jam for Jitney.” Based on “Song For Our Fathers” by Horace Silver. Featuring Gene Walker and many local artists. Recorded live at Listen for the Jazz, Jazz & Eggs Jam Session. Produced by the Arts Foundation of Olde Towne. 

Music Credit for Site 384:“John Brown’s Body.” Traditional. Featuring Gene Walker, Charles Cook, Irving "Mr Clean" Reed, Chris Haney, Dave Powers, Roger Meyers, Christopher L.A. Montgomery, Billy Brown, and others. From Listen for the Jazz More Jazz & Eggs LIVE! Recorded live in 1997 at The River Club, Columbus, Ohio. Produced by the Arts Foundation of Olde Towne.

Unable to print? Near East Art Walk maps are available in the following locations during regular business hours:

Columbus Public Health
240 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43215

Experience Columbus Visitors Centers
Arena District Location - 277 W Nationwide Bvd, Suite 125, Columbus, OH 43215
Easton Location - 188 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219


The King Arts Complex
867 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Columbus OH 43203

Gene Walker's Cafe on Long
893 E. Long Street, Columbus OH 43203

Greater Columbus Arts Council
100 E. Broad St., Suite 2250,Columbus, OH 43215

Planning Your Walk

Public Transit
The Near East Side is easily accessible via several local and express COTA routes, including the 2, 6, 10, 11, and 16 Local Routes.
Downtown Columbus COTA routes

Public Parking
Public Parking is available in the following locations in and around the Near East Side:

  • Free public parking is available in the Columbus Public Health surface lot.  View Map. 
  • Free metered and unmetered parking is available in the Near East Side on East Broad Street and East Long Street.

Your Walk
The Near East Art Walk is only a mile or so away from the  Capitol Square and Discovery District Art Walks. Plan your own unique Art Walk experience around your daily destinations by visiting the Art Walks feature of the  MyColumbus Mobile Smartphone Application for Android or iPhone.