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

July 1, 2010

GCAC’S COMMUNITY ARTS PARTNERSHIP AWARDS MOVE TO OCTOBER, NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Community Arts Partnership awards, formerly the Business Arts Partnership awards, will take place in October to better recognize 2009-2010 artistic season accomplishments. The event will honor winners in six categories at a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 14 at COSI Columbus, 333 W. Broad St.

Nominations are accepted online through August 15 only at gcac.org. Nominations may be submitted by businesses, organizations and individuals. Self nominations are not accepted.

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 under 40 years of age who has had a significant, positive effect in helping the arts in Central Ohio flourish through leadership, innovation, creativity and/or investment.

Arts Partner: A civic, community or business leader who is a role model for long-term and exemplary support of the Central Ohio arts and cultural community because of his or her significant contributions of time, effort and/or financial resources.

Large Business: For a business with 1,000 employees or more that has offered current, creative and innovative support to one or more arts organizations in greater Columbus throughout the past year.

Medium Business: For a business with 499-999 employees that has offered current, creative and innovative support to one or more arts organizations in greater Columbus throughout the past year.

Small Business: For a business with 1-498 employees that has offered current, creative and innovative support to one or more arts organizations in greater Columbus throughout the past year.

GCAC will announce the winners of the Arts Educator, Emerging Arts Leader and Arts Partner awards prior to the event; Large, Medium and Small Business award winners will be announced at the event.

Additionally, GCAC will present the Artistic Excellence Award of $10,000, given annually to an arts organization that has demonstrated innovation, risk and artistic excellence in a performance, exhibition or program. Nominees for the Artistic Excellence Award are chosen by the GCAC staff members, and the winner is chosen by the board and announced at the event.

Contact Jami Goldstein at 614-221-8492 or jgoldstein@gcac.org with any questions about the nomination process or the event.

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. Thanks to the City of Columbus, Franklin County, the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for their ongoing support.

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