Starry Night update

Starry Night is on “pause” in 2019.  Powered by an all-volunteer force, we were unable to gather sufficient volunteer leaders to ensure a quality experience in 2019 and beyond.  We are committed to creating a sustainable effort for a quality Starry Night in 2020 and beyond.

Please contact Stephanie Henderson, if you are interested in working with us.  March 12 we will hold an organizing meeting to create a communication plan and calendar.

Starry Night 2020 Organizing Meeting

March 12, 7-8 pm

Panera 782 N State Street Westerville, Ohio

Westerville Crossing Borders was a success!

During the last week nearly 3,000 people experienced the Columbus Crossing Borders Project including approximately 1,600 students from Westerville Schools.

Thank you to our wonderful community for helping us make this such a success!

Westerville Crossing Borders includes: Westerville Education ChallengeWesterville Education FoundationWesterville Parent Council and Westerville Partners for Education.

Sponsors included: Education First Credit UnionNationwide Children’s HospitalMount Carmel Health – St. Ann’s, Dennis Blair and Blair IT, The Arts Council of WestervilleTriumphant Church of GodThe Portale Agency – Allstate, i9 SportsNorthstar Family Dental“A Smile by Dr. DeVese”.

You can learn more about the Columbus Crossing Borders Project and where you can see it next here.

Crossing Borders – Join us on Sept 30!


Westerville Crossing Borders presents The Columbus Crossing Borders Project in conjunction with Westerville Community Culture Day.

While millions of people are fleeing war, terror and persecution, 34 artists and a film crew have embarked on a mission to inspire understanding, compassion and support. This effort, called The Columbus Crossing Borders Project, includes a 50 minute documentary and the works of 34 artists responding to stories shared by refugees in our community. Experience and feel the stories of our neighbors.

Join more than 20 Westerville and Columbus community organizations for this free event to share, discuss and celebrate the richness of our diverse community.

To view additional images from the project and documentary trailers click here:

To help fund teacher-driven programs that allow students to experience and engage with this project please consider a tax-deductible contribution:

Westerville Crossing Borders is:
Westerville Education Challenge
Westerville Education Foundation
Westerville Parent Council
Westerville Partners for Education

The Westerville City School district is the 3rd most diverse school district in Central Ohio and the 11th most diverse in the state of Ohio. There are 51 native languages spoken by our Westerville students and 57 different countries represented. The goal of Westerville Crossing Borders to create awareness, understanding, appreciation and connection around the diversity in our schools.

If you liked Starry Night, come join us!

Starry Night and the other WPE events and programs are fun and rewarding to participate in.  They are even more fun and rewarding to help make happen.  Join us, so we can continue to provide our community, students and families opportunities to learn and share their interests and expertise. We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic, project-minded people interested in partnering with the community and schools.

Here is a sample of a citizen science project you can also try now! CommunityTreeCollection

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Why “Starry Night”?

Number 1 Most Asked Question from 2014

Why is this event called “Starry Night'”? It’s not at night. And it’s not even all about astronomy…what gives?

Starry Night was born out of an evening I spent looking at Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic painting. I was admiring it that night and thinking about how Van Gogh was looking at the stars and must have felt inspired by them. His painting seems to vibrate with the night sky, swirls of color dance around his stars and spin through his sky. It’s beautiful. To me, it looks like music in the sky, music and wind and stars and color. All of those elements coming together to create something beautiful that speaks to our experience on this planet.


I wanted our organization to create something beautiful for children that brings science, art, music and so much more together in one place. That would give families an opportunity to learn about these disciplines together, by getting involved and interacting with them in a fun way. I leonardo-da-vinci-1920x1200wanted to promote critical thinking about how the world combines and is interrelated. I wanted to create something that would ignite creativity and a passion for exploring how the world around us connects. Other board members of WPE grew excited about the idea too and added to it.

Starry Night was born. The name is a nod to Van Gogh and how artists and scientists have inspired each other for centuries and to how those connections will inform the future we shape.

And yes, we could have named it something simple like Family Interactive Interdisciplinary Learning Festival, but that’s a mouthful and I really like our logo now, so we’ll stick with Starry Night. See you next year!

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