400 W. Rich Markets

About the Markets

The 400 W. Rich Markets are bimonthly gatherings of artists, craftsmen, farmers, vendors, and community members, which supports local food production and allows for the sharing of ideas and products with the community at large.  Since January 2013, The STEAM Factory has been an active participant in these events, providing researchers the opportunity to share their ideas, and serving as a bridge between Ohio State and the Central Ohio community. The presentation of cutting edge research in the same location as artists and vendors provides an approachable environment, particularly to members of the community for whom academic research may seem inaccessible. Members of the STEAM Factory are expected to present at a market at least once a year.

Benefits of Presenting at the Markets

  • Provide university members opportunities to engage with community members
  • Gives faculty the chance to practice summarizing work in a succinct, relatable way
  • Helps build relationships with community partners through interaction
  • Presentations leading to STEAM Letters of Support help demonstrate faculty commitment to broader impacts of research

When and Where

  • The markets run from 11am - 2pm on the second and fourth Saturday of each month
  • Markets are held at 400 W. Rich Street, Columbus, OH 43215
  • Free parking can be found on the west side of Lucas Street, as well as metered parking on the surrounding streets