National Geographic : 1978 Sep
LOWNING AROUND on the Fourth of July, children mug it up (above) as some 40,000 Cum mins employees and families converge on their own recreation complex, the 345-acre Ceraland, which offers ev erything from camping to concerts. All on "The Family," a granite schoolyard sculpture (right)by Harris Barron, join in on a chopper launch. Art for its own sake enjoys wide spread support and participation. When the Hartford Ballet (left) came to town, it not only gave performances but also offered workshops in dance. Corporate and private sources help finance the arts, but their vitality de pends on volunteers. That is what all the musicians in the Columbus Sym phony Orchestra are. As commercial and cultural center for a seven-county area, Columbus has it both ways: enough people, talent, and enthusiasm to support city amenities, yet preserve a smaller town atmosphere.