Columbus is hosting a wide variety of conventions this season, the focus ranging from human rights to business to politics.

Columbus is hosting a wide variety of conventions this season, the focus ranging from human rights to business to politics.

Eyes are on Cleveland this week as Republicans gather to nominate Donald Trump for president, but Columbus will get plenty of attention, too, thanks to creative students at the Columbus College of Art & Design. The students worked with Airstream to create a mobile workspace, and Experience Columbus is taking it on the road as a mobile media lounge for thousands of journalists covering the Republican National Convention. The tricked-out vehicle will make other campaign stops leading to November, carrying videos, photos and goodies to encourage coverage of Columbus stories.

Politicians this week in Cleveland and at next week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia will surely reference the nation's troubling racial turmoil, but local conversations aimed at strengthening communities are on tap in Columbus as well. The YWCA presents A Safe Conversation about Race July 26 at the Columbus Foundation.

Race is not a targeted topic for The Big Table, the Columbus Foundation's day of community-building through hour-long conversations Aug. 30, but it surely will surface as participants in at least 125 discussions throughout the region offer ideas about "strengths and challenges we face as a community." This is precisely the sort of work Foundation President and CEO Douglas Kridler envisioned when national tensions after 9/11 encouraged him to make a career change.

Speaking of career changes, those 50 and older with an entrepreneurial itch will do well to convene Aug. 26 in Grove City for the 2016 Summer Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day sponsored by the federal Small Business Administration.

As people gather to discuss how to be more inclusive, host facilities have to be accommodating as well, and that occurs by design. A statewide conference for improving accessibility for individuals with disabilities at cultural institutions, community settings and government services is set for Sept. 21. Building Access by Design 2.0 is presented by VSA Ohio and Disability Rights Ohio in partnership with the conference host Columbus Museum of Art.