CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492
jgoldstein@gcac.org

June 27, 2018

Greater Columbus Arts Council’s 2018 Community Arts Partnership Awards Nominations Now Open

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus Arts Council’s (Arts Council) 2018 Community Arts Partnership (CAP) awards will recognize the community’s important 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.

The event, presented this year by PNC, will honor winners in eight categories at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 in the Short North Ballroom at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St.

Nominations are accepted online through Thursday, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m., and can be submitted through the 2018 Nomination Form. They may be submitted by businesses, organizations and individuals; self-nominations are not accepted.

Nomination categories are:

Arts Educator: An individual who has made a significant contribution to making arts education opportunities available to students K-12 within a school system or in after-school programs or activities.

Emerging Arts Leader: An individual 40 years of age or younger who has had a significant, positive effect in helping the arts in central Ohio flourish through leadership, innovation, creativity and/or investment.

The 2018 Michael B. Coleman Arts Partner award will be presented to Larry and Donna James for their outstanding leadership of the I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100 project.

Small Employer: A non-arts, for-profit or non-profit, business or government entity with fewer than 50 employees that has offered current, creative and innovative support to one or more arts organizations in greater Columbus throughout the past year.

Medium Employer: A non-arts, for-profit or non-profit, business or government entity with 51-500 employees that has offered current, creative and innovative support to one or more arts organizations in greater Columbus throughout the past year.

Large Employer: A non-arts, for-profit or non-profit, business or government entity with more than 500 employees that has offered current, creative and innovative support to one or more arts organizations in greater Columbus throughout the past year.

This year, the business categories have been re-named to “Employer,” in order to open eligibility for non-profit and government entities.

The Arts Council will announce the winners of the Arts Educator, Emerging Arts Leader and Arts Partner awards prior to the event; the Small, Medium and Large Employer award winners will be announced at the event.

Additionally, the Arts Council will present two Columbus Makes Art Awards of $10,000 each. Two awards will be given: one to an arts organization with a budget under $1 million and one to an organization with a budget over $1 million. Arts organizations are awarded for demonstrating innovation, risk and artistic excellence in a performance, exhibition or program. Nominees for the Columbus Makes Art Awards are selected by the Arts Council Board of Trustees. The winners will be chosen by the Board just prior to the Awards ceremony and announced at the luncheon.

Nominations can be submitted online through the 2018 Nomination Form.

To learn more about the award guides, event sponsors and past winners, click here: gcac.org/events/community-arts-partnership-awards/

Contact Jami Goldstein at (614) 221-8492 or jgoldstein@gcac.org with any questions about the nomination process or the event.

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 is supported by the city of Columbus, the Ohio Arts Council, and individuals and businesses throughout the community. www.gcac.org

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