Community Arts Partnership Awards
Nominations are now open for the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s 2021 Community Arts Partnership awards, which 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 awards will be presented virtually in late October. Further details will be available in the coming weeks.
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 2021 Michael B. Coleman Arts Partner will be presented to Marilyn Brown, who recently retired after more than 14 years of service as a Franklin County Commissioner.
Employer: A non-arts, for-profit or non-profit, business or government entity that has offered current, creative and innovative support to one or more arts organizations in greater Columbus since September 2019.
Dale E. Heydlauff Community Arts Innovation Award: A $2,500 award presented to an innovative arts and cultural project or initiative that has addressed the unprecedented and challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and/or social justice and equity efforts by creating something that helped lift up or provide relief to others in the community. Projects completed since September 2020 are eligible for this award.
The Columbus Makes Art Excellence Awards, $10,000 cash prizes given to one small and one large organization also will be presented in October. Nominations for the Columbus Makes Art Excellence Awards are by invitation only.
Nominations for the Community Arts Partnership Awards will be open through Thursday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. Nominees must be located in Franklin County. Any organization, business or individual can submit a nomination, although self-nominations are not accepted. To being a nomination please first review the Guidelines & Eligibility requirements.