Columbus community rallies to raise money for Short North artist attacked


A Short North street artist is still recovering from an attack that happened exactly one week ago.

Malcolm Jones says he is in good spirits and moving forward.

Jones said he's glad his accused attacked is finally behind bars.

Columbus police arrested Brendan T. Baldwin Thursday and charged him with felonious assault.

The arrest comes on the same day the community planned a fundraiser to show Jones just how much they love him.

It's a place he frequents, in fact, Malcolm Jones has sketched it before.

"He's kind of a bright spot. When he does come in, always happy, very upbeat and a great artist. We had him do a couple prints for us," Barrel on High Kitchen Manager Chris East said.

At Barrel on High, the community is helping their local artist get back on his feet.

"It's kind of our way of showing support to Malcolm and giving back to the community that supports us," East said.

Malcolm Jones can barely see, but right now he's feeling the love.

"I, never imagined (laughs) it would happen. It's coming from the heart. I never felt this much love from community," Jones said.

Jones says he's been overwhelmed by the amount of support he's received from the community. He says it's come in forms of phone calls, visits, and food. Some of the support he says, comes from total strangers.

"Nothing I never expected. No. No. Nope never expected the outpouring of support and affection," Jones said.

Jones is staying at a physical therapy center in Worthington while he works on his hand-eye coordination and exercise.

An attack last week left him blind in his right eye and his vision is blurry in his left eye.

"Anyone so full of hate and violence like that needs to be off the street," Jones said.

Jones isn't sure if or when he'll get back on the streets he's known for sketching, but he'll try.

"Try to do some sketching first and see how, what I feel within my expression," Jones said.

If that doesn't work, Jones has plans to try molding or maybe pick up an instrument.

For now, he says he's got to move on.

"I have a spirit to move forward and don't mope over what's happened," Jones said.

He says he can do it with a little help from his friends.

"If we can't support the people that support us then why are we really doing this you know," East said.

25% of the profits made Thursday night at Barrel on High and Thr3es will go directly to Malcolm Jones.