2019 Winners and Nominees

The Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Community Arts Partnership (CAP) awards program recognizes the community’s crucial 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 and give life to the city.

Individual Winners

Arts Educator – Tony and Aziza West
Michael B. Coleman Arts Partner – Columbus City Council President Shannon G. Hardin
Emerging Arts Leader – Betsy Pandora
Small Employer – Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation
Medium Employer – CASTO
Larger Employer – CoverMyMeds

Small Employer Nominees

Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation
Irvin PR

Medium Employer Nominees

Graduate Columbus and AJ Capital Partners
Orange Barrel

Large Employer Nominees

State Auto Insurance Companies

Arts Educator Nominees

Zach Compston
Bettye Stull
Tony and Aziza West*

Emerging Arts Leader Nominees

Orlay Olonso
Edward Carignan
Jessica Joseph
Betsy Pandora*

Michael B. Coleman Arts Partner Nominees

Hayley Greenwald-Deeter
Shannon G. Hardin*
Jack and Zoe Johnstone
Michael Reese
Alicia Jean Vanderelli


The Arts Council will also present its Columbus Makes Art Awards sponsored by Engie and L Brands Foundation at the Oct. 31 luncheon. The awards will be presented to two arts organizations that have demonstrated innovation, risk and artistic excellence in a performance, exhibition or program.

Small (organizations with budgets of under $1 million
Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, Stonewall 50
Columbus Modern Dance Company, Martha Graham at Generations of Art: The Sunami Family Exhibition
Mark Lomax, 400: An Afrikan Epic
Momentum, The Harlem Renaissance
What? Music and Arts Festival

Large (organizations with budgets of $1 million and over)
Columbus Museum of Art, I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100
COSI, COSI Science Festival
Opera Columbus and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, The Flood