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

January 14, 2011

GCAC TO LAUNCH ONLINE REGISTRY FOR LOCAL ARTISTS IN FEBRUARY

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In early February the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) will launch a new Artist Registry for Central Ohio artists. The registry will be open to visual, performing (music, dance and theatre) and literary artists in Franklin and surrounding counties and will be connected to a dynamic redesign of ColumbusArts.com, GCAC’s free online calendar of arts and cultural events in Ohio with more than 30,000 visitors monthly.

The new Artist Registry will allow artists to create a profile and portfolio of images, sound files, video files and writing samples (PDF). For site visitors looking to connect with artists, the registry will feature name, medium and location search capabilities, as well as the options to search for artists who are corporate loan and payment plan friendly.

GCAC invites local artists to be one of the first to add profiles to the Artist Registry by joining us for a special training session at the Columbus Museum of Art on January 22 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. After a brief overview of the system in the Museum auditorium, join us for a hands-on tutorial and create a profile and portfolio that very day! Bring portfolio files in electronic format and a laptop. There will be a limited number of Museum laptops available for use. We will also welcome feedback on potential improvements to the system. Once the Artist Registry is launched, GCAC will begin continuous promotion of this new Web site to the Columbus community through media outreach, emails to corporate leaders, as well as through ColumbusArts.com, our monthly newsletter Front Row Center, and Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Please RSVP for the training session by Friday, January 21 to jgoldstein@gcac.org.

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, GCAC funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community.GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. Thanks also to Time Warner Cable, alive!, American Electric Power and CD101 for support of the Columbus Arts Festival.

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