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October 15, 2015

Arts Council Announces 2015 Community Arts Partnership Winners

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Greater Columbus Arts Council today awarded three businesses and three individuals with a 2015 Community Arts Partnership Award for their exemplary support of the arts.

Business Award winners are:

The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro, which received the award in the Small Business category for companies with fewer than 50 employees. The Refectory was nominated by ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. They received an award by Columbus artist Rick Braveheart, Winter Night presented by Columbus City Council Member Eileen Paley.

Hilton Columbus Downtown, which received the award in the Medium Business category for companies with 50-500 employees. Hilton Columbus Downtown was nominated by Besty Pandora. They received an award by Columbus artist Melinda Rosenberg , Pair of X’s 2,  presented by Columbus City Council Member Eileen Paley.

AEP, which received the award in the Large Business category for companies with more than 500 employees. This year, the Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees and the Columbus Cultural Leadership Consortium selected AEP as the recipient of the Large Business Award in advance of the nomination process. AEP received this award in recognition of their outstanding three-year commitment to the Art Makes Columbus campaign, which launched in 2015 to help tell the stories of Columbus artists and support the entire arts community.  They received an award by Columbus artist Christine Guillot Ryan, Work2Play presented by Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther.

In addition the three individual award winners announced in September were recognized and presented their award by Mayor Michael B. Coleman. The awards were limited-edition inkjet prints from Denny Griffith’s Museum Study series. The individual winners are:

Candace Mazur Darman, nominated by Erin Hoppe, is the recipient of this year’s Arts Educator award.

Jill Moorhead, nominated by Christine Deye, is the recipient of this year’s Emerging Arts Leader award.

Ann & Ron Pizzuti, nominated by Mark Becker, is the recipient of this year’s Arts Partner award.

The Arts Council also honored Mayor Coleman by renaming the Arts Partner Award. It will for hereafter be known as the 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. Twenty businesses and individuals were nominated this year.

The Arts Council also presented two Columbus Makes Art Excellence Awards (formerly Artistic 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.

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

The 2015 Nominees were:

Organizations with budgets of under $1 million

Columbus Dance Theatre, Claudel

Creative Arts of Women (CAW), Remnants

Evolution Theatre, YANK! The Musical

Harmony Project, All Together Now

The Sequentialist, The Sequentialist”

Xclaim, BLUE

The 2015 winner of the Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award for an organization with a budget of $1 million and under is Columbus Dance Theatre for Claudel.

Organizations with budgets of $1 million and over

BalletMet, American Masters

CATCO, The Final Table

Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Opera Columbus and BalletMet, Twisted

Wexner Center for the Arts, the theater is a blank page by Ann Hamilton and SITI

The 2015 winner of the Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award for an organization with a budget of $1 million and over is Wexner Center for the Arts for the theater is a blank page by Ann Hamilton and SITI

 

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 2015 Community Arts Partnership Awards are presented by PNC. Sponsors are: Award sponsor, American Electric Power; Supporting sponsors, Cardinal Health. L Brands Foundation and The Ohio State University; Patron sponsors, Capital University, Corna-Kokosing, Crabbe, Brown & James LLP, The Crane Group, Fahlgren Mortin, Huntington, Ice Miller LLP, Ologie, Robert Weiler Company, Vorys, Sater, and Seymour and Pease LLP; Media sponsors, 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 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.  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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