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September 20, 2016

GCAC Announces 2016 Community Arts Partnership Individual Award Winners and Business Award Nominees

COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) is pleased to announce the three individual winners of the 2016 Community Arts Partnership (CAP) awards presented by PNC in the categories of Arts Educator, Arts Partner and Emerging Arts Leader. The winners will be honored at the Arts Council’s annual Community Arts Partnership awards program luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at COSI, 333 W. Broad St.

The Arts Council’s annual CAP awards honor Columbus individuals for their exemplary support and leadership in the arts and the Columbus business community for its active support of central Ohio’s arts organizations. Twenty businesses and individuals were nominated this year. Business honorees in the Small, Medium and Large categories will be announced at the event on Oct. 13.

Individual winners will each receive a limited-edition signed print of Columbus poet Maggie Smith’s poem “Good Bones.” The business winners will each receive a work of art purchased from local artists Larry Hamill, Cody Heichel and Jim Murrin.

The Individual award winners are listed below. The Arts Educator Award is presented in partnership with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.

ARTS EDUCATOR
Catherine Willis

MICHAEL B. COLEMAN ARTS PARTNER
Patrick Losinski 

EMERGING ARTS LEADER
Alexis Perrone

It is an honor to be nominated for the Community Arts Partnership Awards and the Arts Council would like to congratulate the business award nominees (winners will be announced at the luncheon) and all nominees in the individual categories:

Small Business
DesignGroup
Fulcrum Creatives
Irvin Public Relation

Medium Business
Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC)
CoverMyMeds
Easton Town Center
Lasting Impressions Event Rental
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP 

Large Business
Big Lots
Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) 

Arts Educator
Frederick Aldama
David Brown
Rebecca Coyne
Dionne Custer Edwards
Keomanich Khim
Larry Smith
Jeanne Wohlgamuth
Matt Young

Michael B. Coleman Arts Partner
Robert Barksdale
Don Brown
Board of Directors & Friends of the Drexel
David Guion Ph.D.
Jack & Zoe Johnstone

Emerging Art Leader
Tayler Beck
Lauren Emond
Betsy Pandora
Marshall Shorts
Aaron Thomas

The Arts Council will also present its Columbus Makes Art Excellence Awards at the Oct. 13 luncheon. The award will be presented to two arts organizations that have demonstrated innovation, risk and artistic excellence in a performance, exhibition or program. The list of 2016 nominees can be seen here.

The community is invited to join the Arts Council and hundreds of business, arts and civic leaders to celebrate this year’s nominees and winners and the work they do every day to create a thriving and vibrant creative community in Columbus. To register to attend, go here.

The Arts Council’s board of trustees selects the individual and business winners each year. The board of trustees meets just prior to the Community Arts Partnership awards luncheon to choose the Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award winners.

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 provide 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. www.gcac.org