GCAC Resources for COVID-19

The Greater Columbus Arts Council is closely monitoring the evolving situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are in direct contact with local and state health officials. This webpage is designed to provide a central point for applicants, grantees, event participants, and others to stay current with this rapidly evolving situation.  The page will be updated as needed, and it includes resources and links to the most current guidance and directives from local, state and national health officials.

At 3 p.m. on March 12, Governor Mike DeWine issued an Executive Order requiring the cancellation of any event for 100 people or more. In addition, all k-12 schools will be closed from end of day Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3.  At 9 p.m. on March 15, all dine-in service at Ohio restaurants and bars has been suspended until further notice. In the absence of a firm expiration date of the state order, events though April 3 are being cancelled, with regular evaluation of the situation after that time. Please visit the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 Resources page for additional information.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief for Artists grant guidelines (instructions, eligibility, and deadlines) 

GCAC grants, deadlines and funding information for organizations and individuals

COVID-19 Recommendations for individuals, organizations and leaders

GCAC Operations and Events

  1. Is the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s office open? At this time the GCAC office has been closed until further notice. The staff will still be working from home and we will do our best to continue to deliver services to you with minimal disruption. You may still communicate with us via email. Information on any change to this situation will be available on this page or GCAC’s Facebook page.
  2. Is the Columbus Arts Festival still happening? (June 12-14) At this time we have made no modification in plans related to the Columbus Arts Festival. If that changes, we will begin immediate notifications to our artists, vendors and the public.
  3. What should I do if I had a meeting scheduled with a Greater Columbus Arts Council staff member? Please contact the GCAC staff member with whom you had plans to meet to make alternate arrangements.
  4. Please read Tom Katzenmeyer’s blog on how we will get through this together and visit our list of virtual arts experiences on ColumbusMakesArt.com.

State and National Surveys on the impact of COVID-19 on the arts

The Greater Columbus Arts Council is committed to advocating for much needed financial resources for our arts community in this challenging time. Our local, state and national lawmakers need data as they make decisions on emergency response funds and our colleagues at the state and national level are working to make sure that happens. They need our help.

  1. Individual Artists, please complete the survey for artists by Ohio Citizens for the Arts.
  2. Arts Organizations, please complete statewide Ohio Citizens for the Arts survey and the national Americans for the Arts survey to help with advocacy efforts and the state and federal levels.

Links to Outside Resources – click boxes below

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