CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
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jgoldstein@gcac.org

February 12, 2016

Greater Columbus Arts Council to Welcome New Grants Director

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) is pleased to announce that Alison Barret has been hired as director of grants & services.

Barret joins the Arts Council March 14 and comes from Big Lots where she was specialist for philanthropy & events, managing philanthropic requests, in-kind donations, the matching gift program, the company’s employee volunteer program and reporting.

“Alison’s impressive resume is matched by her commitment to the Columbus community,” said Tom Katzenmeyer, president and CEO of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. “She will be an incredible asset as we look for even more ways to serve and advocate for the arts in Columbus.”

Barret has 17 years of philanthropy experience, 29 years of administrative support and project management, has managed online grant application systems, and is active in the Columbus community. She has worked with Thurber House, Time Warner Cable, LBrands, and the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau; and served on boards for the YWCA, Thurber House, Besa, and Broad Street Presbyterian Church.

The Grants & Services staff also includes Sean Kessler, grants & services coordinator for organizations and Keya Crenshaw, grants & services coordinator for artists.

 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.