Columbus is not just about being smart; it's also about art.

We know the federally and corporate-funded Smart Columbus work underway will impact transportation and address local challenges. The Columbus Chamber will reveal how it might also impact policymaking at its next Government Spotlight on Tuesday. Register online for the morning event.  

Learn more about how Columbus’ smart region produces smart retail at the annual retail summit, Smart Region + Smart Retail, sponsored by Franklin County and the Columbus Chamber Aug. 9 and 10 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council and Kroger are looking for mural artists to enhance the interior of stores in Grove City and Lancaster, with prizes of $10,000 and $9,000, respectively, awarded for the winning proposals. The competition is part of the Kroger Art Project, which provides large scale murals in new or renovated stores in central Ohio. Deadlines for submissions are Friday for the Grove City projects and July 26 for Lancaster.

GCAC is also accepting nominations for Community Arts Partnership Awards to be bestowed this fall. The awards will honor individuals, businesses and organizations for outstanding contributions to the arts in Columbus. Award categories include Arts Educator, Emerging Arts Leader, and Michael B. Coleman Arts Partner awards as well as Small, Medium and Large Business awards. Deadline for nominations is Sept. 5.

Eliminating trash can be a beautiful thing, too. SWACO is looking for 2018 Community Waste Reduction Grant proposals. Local government entities eligible for grants of between $500 and $35,000 include schools, universities and parks, and nonprofit organizations in Franklin County. Deadline to apply is Sept. 22.  

Want to take a break away from Columbus but scared of air travel? Check out the fear-of-flying daylong workshop, Facing Takeoff, offered by John Glenn Columbus International Airport on Aug. 26. Aviation and health professionals will conduct the program.