Columbia Association and the Howard County Council of the Arts co-sponsored the seventh speaker in the Community Building Speakers Series featuring Randy Cohen: Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts and one of the most noted experts in the field of arts funding, research, policy and using the arts to address community development. On April 30, 2013, Mr. Cohen came to Columbia to speak about how communities across the country are investmenting in cultural facilities and programming that has helped improve their vitality and prosperity.