Michael Thomas - Columbus Open Studio & Stage


Part of the 400 Square family, 400 W. Rich is a group studio site where you will find 12 COSS artists in 10 separate studio spaces. You can park on the street (all spaces are at this time unmetered), in the gravel lot on Lucas and Rich (free), or the parking structure behind River & Rich off McDowell (small fee). To enter, walk east on Rich to the open gated lot just before the railroad bridge, and walk toward the back of that space (follow signs) to the garage door entrance. There you will be greeted by a volunteer with a map of the COSS participating studios within 400. Do NOT use the brightly colored doors on Lucas—those are secure doors for artists only. Be sure the visit my fellow 400 Square artists while you’re here!

Restrooms available

Handicap accessible


Aerial Dance Arts




Mikey Butane Thomas, director of Movement Activities, an aerial movement lab, in the burgeoning Franklinton arts neighborhood, has held positions as an independent choreographer and dancer in NYC, where he also was a member of the Sean Curran Company. Distinguishing awards include citations at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Prague Fringe Festival, the New York Fringe Festival and inclusion in the Kennedy Center College Choreography Initiative all for new works.


I believe in sincerity in artistic vision well before any discussion of meeting viewers’ expectations. Irreverent composition, innovative display or unexpected manipulation of movement convention will always win me over. I forever aspire to discover these outcomes in my own work. My affinities in movement do not always meet the stated affinities of others, but I find connections to my viewer thematically. We are all more alike than most will ever admit, conflict and inconsistency resides more often in modes of communication.


We will be in the studio rehearsing for an upcoming performance. Additionally there may a class taking place that can be observed.

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