CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492
jgoldstein@gcac.org

July 15, 2011

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE MORE THAN $8,000 FROM GCAC’S FRANKLIN COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD ARTS PROGRAM

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council awarded eight community organizations a total of $8,050 during the second round of the 2011 Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program, GCAC announced today.

The Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program supports neighborhood and community groups with public arts projects in all disciplines. Projects that actively provide access to the arts for people of all cultural backgrounds, economic status, sexual orientation, age and physical ability receive priority consideration.

Grants will go to projects such as a presentation of a touring photography exhibition that provides insight into the lives of those living with Down’s Syndrome by the Dublin Arts Council; a project for presented by Growing Hearts and Hands Community Garden that will teach area residents the value of plants beyond their value as food including their functional use as materials in making art; and Pull the String Productions’ Taste of Improv, a performance festival for school-age children and professional performers.

The Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program is funded by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and is supported by a donation from Ashland, Inc. Each year, GCAC awards three rounds of grants as part of the program. To date in 2011 GCAC has awarded $18,050 to 21 organizations.

Following is a list of organizations and grant amounts for the 2nd round of funding:

Organization /Project Title / Amount

Art Party Columbus / Creative Evolution, group art exhibition / $750
Columbus International High School / Columbus Artmobile After-school Arts Enrichment Program / $1,000
Dance Artists in Columbus / Summer Sanctuary, dance performance / $1,000
Dublin Arts Council Shifting Perspectives, a touring photography exhibition / $1,500
Friends of the Ravines / Franklin County Ravine Art Contest for K-12 students / $1,200
New Albany Symphony Orchestra / Bernstein, Beethoven & Brahms Concert performance featuring violinist Karen Gomyo / $600
Pull the String Productions / Taste of Improv, performance festival for school-age children and professional performers / $1,500

The deadline for the next round of 2011 Franklin County Neighborhood Arts grants is Friday, October 31.

GCAC will hold two workshops to help organizations with their applications. The first will be from 2 – 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4 at the King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., and the second will be from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 6 at GCAC’s offices, 100 E. Broad St. Suite 2250.

To receive an application, contact GCAC by calling 614-224-2606, by e-mailing info@gcac.org or by visitingwww.gcac.org to download the guidelines and application form.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the American Electric Power Foundation for their support of this program, and we thank the City of Columbus, Franklin County and Ohio Arts Council for their ongoing support.

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