2017 Excellence Award Nominees

The Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Community Arts Partnership Award program recognizes the community’s crucial contributions to the arts including financial support, non-cash contributions, volunteer involvement and board participation. Strong partnerships between businesses, community members and the arts stimulate economic growth, promote the city’s revitalization, encourage tourism and enhance Columbus’ cultural image and give life to the city.

As part of the program each year the Arts Council also presents the Columbus Makes Art Excellence Awards.

2017 Excellence Award Nominees

Organizations with budgets under $1 million

  • Available Light Theatre, Columbus Voices Workshops and Performance
  • Dare to Be Heard, Columbus Cultural Arts Center
  • Holler, Scott Woods

Organizations with budgets of $1 million and over

  • BalletMet Columbus, Art in Motion
  • Bhutanese-Nepalese Neighbors: Photographs by Tariq Tarey, Ohio History Connection
  • Gray Matters, Wexner Center for the Arts

2016 Excellence Award Nominees and Winners

Winners are noted with a **

Organizations with budgets under $1 million

  • Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus 2015
  • PAST Productions and Short North Stage, August Wilson Festival **
  • Wild Goose Creative, Moby Dick Month

Organizations with budgets of $1 million and over

  • Columbus Museum of Art, Margaret M. Walter Wing **
  • Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Picnic with the Pops: A Night of Symphonic Hip Hop featuring Nelly
  • Shadowbox Live, Tenshu

The award criteria is as follows:

Any Columbus area arts and cultural nonprofit organization is eligible for the Columbus Makes Art Award. There is no limitation on the type of project eligible for the award. To date, exhibitions, performances, public art, capital projects and arts education programs have all received nominations and awards.

When determining Columbus Makes Art Award nominees and winners three criteria are considered:

1. Risk – Did the organization take an artistic, financial or other risk for the project? Did that risk pay off? Risk is determined on an organization-by-organization basis. What’s risky for Opera Columbus may be different from what’s risky at the Wexner Center for the Arts or MadLab Theatre.

2. Innovation – For this award, innovative projects provide new pathways to fulfilling an organization’s mission, are discontinuous from previous practice and result from a shift in underlying organizational assumptions. Was the project different from “business as usual”? Does it represent an artistic reinvention of some kind?

3. Artistic Excellence – Artistic excellence in this instance is parallel to our definition for Operating Support grant recipients. Is the primary focus of the project artistic or cultural in nature? Is the project of the highest artistic caliber? Does it demonstrate commitment to new work and/or development of local artist base?

If you have a nominee in mind, please contact Jami Goldstein at jgoldstein@gcac.org with the name of the project and organzation who presented it.  The Arts Council will contact the organization directly to provide complete information for the nomination.