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October 26, 2017

Greater Columbus Arts Council Announces 2017 Community Arts Partnership Winners

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) today awarded three businesses and three individuals with a 2017 Community Arts Partnership (CAP) Award for their exemplary support of the arts, as well as two awards for projects demonstrating innovation, risk and artistic excellence.

Business Award winners are:

Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, which received the award in the Small Business category for companies with fewer than 50 employees. The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority was nominated by Reese Brothers Productions. They received an award by Columbus artist William Ortman, Marine Sunrise Glass Teardrop, presented by Columbus City Council Member Michael Stinziano.

Easton Town Center, which received the award in the Medium Business category for companies with 50-500 employees. Easton Town Center was nominated by Columbus College of Art & Design. They received an award by Columbus artist Barbara Vogel, Eunice’s Orchid, presented by Columbus City Council Member Priscilla Tyson.

Donatos, which received the award in the Large Business category for companies with more than 500 employees. Donatos was nominated by the Columbus Songwriters Association. They received an award by Columbus artist April Sunami, Agape, presented by Arts Council Board Member Michael Gonsiorowski.

In addition the three individual award winners announced in September were recognized and presented their award by Columbus City Council President Zach Klein. The awards were a sculptural mixed-media piece created by Columbus artist Char Norman. The individual winners are:

Peter Stafford Wilson, nominated by Dan Good, is the recipient of this year’s Arts Educator award.

Mark Corna, nominated by Columbus College of Art & Design, is the recipient of this year’s Michael B. Coleman Arts Partner award.

Marshall Shorts and Corey Favor, nominated by Columbus College of Art & Design, are the recipients of this year’s Emerging Arts Leader 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 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 2017 Nominees were:

Organizations with budgets of under $1 million
Scott Woods, Holler
Cultural Arts Center, Dare To Be Heard
Available Light Theatre, Columbus Voices Workshop/Performances

The 2017 winner of the Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award for an organization with a budget under $1 million is Scott Woods for Holler.

Organizations with budgets of $1 million and over
BalletMet, Art in Motion
Wexner Center for the Arts, Gray Matters
Ohio History Connection, Bhutanese-Nepalese Neighbors: Photographs by Tariq Tarey

The 2017 winner of the Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award for an organization with a budget of $1 million and over is BalletMet for Art in Motion.

Watch our playlist of Individual Art Award winners and Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award nominees on YouTube.

Each year, the Arts Council staff selects 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: www.gcac.org/events/community-arts-partnership-awards

The 2017 Community Arts Partnership Awards are presented by PNC. Supporting sponsors include American Electric Power, Big Lots, L Brands Foundation, Meuse Family Foundation, Nationwide and The Ohio State University. Patron sponsors are Cardinal Health; Casto; Crabbe, Brown & James LLP; The Crane Group, Easton Foundation, Ice Miller LLP, Robert Weiler Company; and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. Media sponsors include CityScene Magazine 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. www.gcac.org

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