About the Greater Columbus Arts Council

The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) funds artists and arts organizations and provides marketing services that support artists and organizations through the ColumbusMakesArt.com event calendar and Artist Directory.  We also produce the annual Community Arts Partnership Awards recognizing business and individual contributions to the community and the Columbus Arts Festival, the city’s welcome to summer event that takes place each June.

Arts Council programming provides access to the arts for people of all cultural backgrounds, economic status, sexual orientation, age and physical ability and ensures broad public access to the arts. Supporting Columbus artists, and arts and culture organizations enhances the cultural image of the Greater Columbus area. Read our Accessibility document if you plan to visit or work with the Arts Council on an event.

The Arts Council collectively acknowledges that the land we are positioned on is the traditional, ancestral and contemporary lands of Indigenous people. Read our full Land Acknowledgement.

Our mission: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus.

Our vision: A thriving Columbus where the arts matter to all of us.

Our values: 

Cultural Equity – Our transparent grant making elevates and supports a broad representation of art forms and artists.

Cultural Capital – We are diligent stewards of the public and private support that drives our work.

Sustaining Excellence – We encourage excellence in the fields of the artists and arts organizations that we support, and in their fiscal and governance responsibilities.

Building Community – Our investments connect the people and places of Columbus.

Welcome All – We promote art experiences for those living, working, visiting, and learning in our city.

Inspired Advocacy – Communicating the impact of the arts is fundamental to the health and vitality of the creative community.

For more information on how the Arts Council will bring our mission, vision and values to life in the next few years read our recently completed Strategic Plan. One page summary of Strategic Plan pillars and outcomes.

To learn more about what we do please read our 2022 Report to the Community.

The Arts Council is a not for profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Our most current 990s are available here:








Read the Arts Council’s Privacy Policy.

The Arts Council has maintained a Standards of Excellence designation with the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations since 2008
The Arts Council is proud to be named one of 5 Nonprofits to Watch in 2014 by The Columbus Foundation.

The Arts Council provides grants funding and resources to Columbus’ exemplary arts organizations and individual working artists. If you require an interpreter for grants assistance or workshop participation, please send an email to grants@gcac.org.

Gudiga Fanka wuxuu bixiyaa deeq maaliyadeed iyo dhaqaale kale oo lugu caawinayo ururada fanka ee Columbus iyo shaqsiyaadka fanka kashaqeeya. Hadii aad u baahan tahay turjumaan ku saabsan inaa dalbatid kaalmada deeqda ama ka qayb qaadashada aqoon is weydaarsiga, fadlan email u dir grants@gcac.org.

El concilio de las artes te brinda ayuda monetaria y recursos en Columbus para individuos y organizaciones que trabajan con las artes. Si usted necesita traductor para solicitar las ayudas o para participar en los talleres favor de enviar un email a grants@gcac.org.

कला परिषदले कोलम्बसको अनुकरणीय कला संगठनहरू र व्यक्तिगत कामकाज कलाकारहरूलाई अनुदान रकम र स्रोत प्रदान गर्दछ। यदि तपाईंलाई अनुदान सहयोग वा कार्यशाला सहभागिताको लागि एक भाषाको आवश्यकता पर्दछ भने, कृपया यो इमेल मा grants@gcac.org पठाउनुहोस् ।

Le Conseil des Arts fournit des subventions et des ressources aux organisations artistiques exemplaires de Columbus et à ses artistes individuels. Si vous avez besoin d’un traducteur pour assister à une subvention ou participer à un atelier, veuillez envoyer un courriel à grants @gcac.org.


GCAC芸術協会は、補助金資金提供と資源をコロンブスの偉い芸術組織と個々の働くアーティストに提供します。補助金援助またはワークショップ参加のために通訳を必要とするならば、grants@gcac.org に電子メールを送ってください。