Past Grants Database
Search Arts Council grants from 2008 to the present by keyword, or filter your search by type of grant program, year or recipient; change the number of entries in your view; or search for grants in a specific financial range. Reports are available in two formats. Once you’ve obtained your desired search results, choose CSV (excel) or PDF to generate the report.
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Arts & Economic Prosperity V
Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 provides evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in the Greater Columbus Area—one that generates $412.3 million in total economic activity. This economic impact study sends a strong signal that when we support the arts, we not only enhance our quality of life, but we also invest in the Greater Columbus Area’s economic well-being. (Full Report, 36 pages, 1.3M)
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2015 Creative Industries Report for Franklin County
This Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts report provides a research-based approach to understanding
the scope and economic importance of the arts in Franklin County, Ohio.
Update on Public Funding Request
The Financial Review and Advisory Committee (FRAC) set out to identify and explore options for increased investment in Columbus as a great place to live, work and visit. As the FRAC explored ways to fund arts and culture, human services, and travel and tourism to support community economic development, the organizations which lead these efforts came together to provide support, research, and creative solutions to benefit all. The arts and cultural community, represented by GCAC and CCLC, supports increased financial investment in our member organizations as well as our colleagues at Experience Columbus and within the human service community as strength in one sector enhances strength in the others, and allows us to maximize our individual and collective economic impact on the community.
A Community Report - The Arts
A concise summary of the direction and strategy for the future of arts in Columbus based on the results of the past 5 years worth of research.
Columbus Arts Market Sustainability Analysis
In March 2010, the Columbus Foundation retained AMS Planning & Research to conduct a sustainability analysis of the Columbus arts sector. The goal of this analysis was to explore two questions: 1. Is the breadth and depth of the cultural ecosystem in Columbus appropriate for a community of its size, composition and access to resources? 2. Are individual organizations within the region’s cultural ecosystem able to sustain themselves given the size, composition and resources of the market that is available to support them? This study contains the results of that research.
WolfBrown, a consulting company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was engaged by the Greater Columbus Arts Council to complete work on a cultural plan for the Columbus, Ohio region.
Arts & Economic Prosperity IV
Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, conducted by the Americans for the Arts, provides compelling new evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture industry is a significant industry both nationally and in Greater Columbus – one that generated $226 million in local economic activity in 2010. This study shows that the arts and cultural industries are a significant and essential part of our local economy . Click here to download the executive summary for the Greater Columbus area report.
Arts and Culture in Columbus
Comprised of 16 organizations, including the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Columbus Cultural Leadership Consortium (CCLC, or “the consortium”) was created early in 2006 to bring organization and voice to the city’s major cultural and artistic “anchor” institutions, with a focus on policy and strategy in both the short term and over the long haul. Click here to read their report: Arts and Culture in Columbus.
Artspace Feasibility Report
Artspace, a nationally recognized organization dedicated to creating affordable arts spaces, wants to come to Columbus. Click here to download the group’s feasibility report from their August trip to Columbus, and see what they recommend as the next steps.
Arts & Economic Prosperity III
Arts & Economic Prosperity III, conducted by the Americans for the Arts, provides compelling new evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture industry is a significant industry both nationally and in Greater Columbus – one that generates $330.39 million in local economic activity. This study sends a strong signal that when we support the arts, we not only enhance our quality of life, but we also invest in Greater Columbus’s economic well-being. Click here to download the executive summary for this report.
BUILDING CREATIVE CAPITAL... Reflections on the Assets Available to Sustain Arts and Culture in Columbus
For more information on the Creative Arts Endowment, please click here.
GCAC Survey of Local Artists
In 2007, GCAC surveyed local artists to see how we can better serve the community. Click here to download the results.
Columbus Creative Economy: Executive Summary and Full Report
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In 2006, the City of Columbus appointed a steering committee to evaluate the Columbus arts and cultural sector. Click here to download the executive summary of the commitee’s findings, released in May of 2007.
Click here to download the full report.
Creative Columbus: a Picture of the Creative Econonomy in Central Ohio
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Creative Columbus: a Picture of the Creative Economy of Central Ohio was released on June 12, 2009.
The report, developed for the Columbus College of Art & Design by Community Research Partners, takes an in-depth look at central Ohio’s creative services sector to determine its size, characteristics, magnitude, and direct economic value.
Supporting funders of the project include the Columbus Foundation, Compete Columbus, the Franklin County Commissioners, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and The Ohio State University.
Columbus Creative Economy: Executive Summary and Full Report
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In 2006, GCAC and 18 arts organization partners throughout the community conducted a data analysis with AMS Planning & Research Corp. to find out who participates in the arts in Columbus, who doesn’t, and where there’s room for growth. Additionally, we conducted a telephone survey of arts patrons and the general public to determine opinions of the Columbus arts and cultural scene.
This is a presentation conducted by AMS that includes important findings from both the survey and analysis.