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

April 7, 2011

GCAC’S FRANKLIN COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD ARTS PROGRAM GRANTS $10,000 TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thirteen community organizations, including the Franklinton Gardens, Friends of the Cultural Arts Center, Somali Women and Children’s Alliance and more, received a total of $10,000 in grants for the first round of Greater Columbus Arts Council’s 2011 Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program, GCAC announced today. The grant program is extremely competitive. Thirty-seven applications were received requesting $69,405.

The Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program supports neighborhood and community groups, including both avocational and professional arts organizations, civic and neighborhood associations, guilds, social service organizations, youth centered and cultural organizations with public arts projects in all disciplines. Programming that actively provides access to the arts for people of all cultural backgrounds, economic status, sexual orientation, age and physical ability receives priority consideration.

The Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program is funded by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.

Examples of projects from the first round of grants for 2011 include the Canal Winchester Blues & Ribs Fest—an annual festival showcasing the work of local musicians; a neighborhood project to create a colorful mural to cover a wall that is routinely subject to graffiti vandalism coordinated by Wild Goose Creative; and a dance presentation of work by Xclaim for residents of the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility.

The following is a full list of organizations that will receive grants and the amount they will receive:

Organization / Amount Awarded

Center of Vocational Alternatives for Mental Health / $1,000
Columbus Area Inc. / $800
Footsteps Dance Company / $500
Franklinton Gardens / $800
Friends of the Cultural Arts Center / $750
Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers / $500
Hilliard Arts Council / $750
Magpie Consort / $750
Main Street Canal Winchester / $1,000
No Strings Attached Chamber Music Society / $400
Somali Women and Children’s Alliance / $750
Wild Goose Creative / $1,000
Xclaim / $1,000

 

Two rounds of FCNA grants will be awarded in 2011. The total program budget for 2011 is $20,000.

The deadline for the second round of 2011 Franklin County Neighborhood Arts grants is Tuesday, May 31. GCAC will hold workshops to help organizations with their applications from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 at the King Arts Complex, Room 210, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 at GCAC’s offices, 100 E. Broad St. To receive an application, contact Oulanje Regan at 614-221-8625, oregan@gcac.orgor by visiting www.gcac.org to download the guidelines and application form.  Click here to see a full list of grantees and project descriptions.

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 Ashland Inc. 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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