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October 13, 2016

Arts Council Announces 2016 Community Arts Partnership Winners

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Greater Columbus Arts Council today awarded three businesses and three individuals with a 2016 Community Arts Partnership Award for their exemplary support of the arts.

Business Award winners are:

DesignGroup, which received the award in the Small Business category for companies with fewer than 50 employees. DesignGroup was nominated by Columbus Museum of Art. They received an award by Columbus artist Jim Murrin, Morning, Fish Beach, presented by Columbus City Council Member Michael Stinziano.

Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC), which received the award in the Medium Business category for companies with 50-500 employees. CDDC  was nominated by Columbus Symphony Orchestra. They received an award by Columbus artist Cody Heichel, At the Cap, presented by Columbus City Council Member Michael Stinziano.

Big Lots, which received the award in the Large Business category for companies with more than 500 employees. Big Lots was nominated by the Wexner Center for the Arts. They received an award by Columbus artist Larry Hamill, Between Two Bridges, presented by Columbus City Council President Zachary M. Klein.

In addition the three individual award winners announced in September were recognized and presented their award by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. The awards were a limited-edition, signed print of the poem “Good Bones” by Maggie Smith. The individual winners are:

Catherine Willis, nominated by Doris Moore, is the recipient of this year’s Arts Educator award.

Alexis Perrone, nominated by Erin Corrigan, is the recipient of this year’s Emerging Arts Leader award.

Patrick Losinski, nominated by Wayne Lawson, is the recipient of this year’s Michael B. Coleman Arts Partner award.

The Arts Council’s annual Community Arts Partnership awards honor the Columbus community for its active support of central Ohio’s artists and arts organizations. Thirty-one businesses and individuals were nominated this year.

The Arts Council also presented two Columbus Makes Art Excellence Awards recognizing outstanding achievements in innovation, risk and artistic excellence in a performance, exhibition, program or project. One $10,000 award will be given in each category of organizations with budgets of under $1 million and those with budgets over $1 million.

The 2016 Nominees were:

Organizations with budgets of under $1 million:

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus 2015

Wild Goose Creative, Moby Dick Month

Past Productions & Short North Stage, The August Wilson Festival

The 2016 winner of the Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award for an organization with a budget of $1 million and under is Past Productions and the Short North Stage for The August Wilson Festival.

Organizations with budgets of $1 million and over:

Shadowbox Live, The Tenshu

Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Picnic with the Pops: A Night of Symphonic Hip Hop Featuring Nelly

Columbus Museum of Art, Margaret M. Walter Wing

The 2016 winner of the Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award for an organization with a budget of $1 million and over is the Columbus Museum of Art for the Margaret M. Walter Wing.

Each year, Arts Council staff select nominees for the excellence awards. The Arts Council’s board of trustees meets just prior to the Community Arts Partnership awards luncheon to select a winner.

For more information about the Community Arts Partnership Awards or to see a complete list of nominees in all categories go to: http://www.gcac.org/community-arts-partnership/.

The 2016 Community Arts Partnership Awards are presented by PNC. Supporting sponsors include American Electric Power, Cardinal Health, LBrands, The Ohio State University and The Nationwide Foundation. Media sponsors include CityScene Magazine, The Columbus Dispatch and WOSU.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council:  Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council thanks the City of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.  The Arts Council has been recognized as one of the “5 NonProfits to Watch” in 2014 by The Columbus Foundation. www.gcac.org

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