COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees today approved 10 grants totaling $94,911 for the first round of Project Support grants. These projects will serve more than one million audience members and support nearly 600 artists. In addition the BOOST (Broadening Organization’s Overall Skills and Technology) funded two grants for $30,000 and the Artists in the Community program provided grants to four artists totaling $2,750.
Festivals and performing arts were among the primary applicants for the spring grants. Assistance from GCAC will enable Columbus residents and visitors to enjoy the Asian Festival May 28-29, the Ohioana Book Festival on May 7 and the JuneteenthOhio Festival, June 17-19. In addition, the OhioDance will host a dance festival on April 29-May 1, Jefferson Academy of Music will bring their Signature Series back to the Columbus Museum of Art on April 17 and May 15, Framelines will create a 13-week series on Ohio filmmakers, many of whom are Columbus artists and Red White and Boom will expand the performing arts part of the annual celebration.
There are three more deadlines for project support in 2011—April 15, July 15 and October 15.
Project Support: Project Support grants provide funding for the numerous short-term cultural activities that give Columbus its vitality. GCAC awarded Project Support grants to the following organizations and projects:
Organization / Project / Grant Amount
Asian Festival Corp. / 2011 Asian Festival / $23,375
OhioDance / 2011 OhioDance Festival and Conference / $3,676
Ohioana Library / 2011 Ohioana Book Festival / $19,240
Jefferson Academy of Music / Jefferson’s Signature Series / $2,925
Alkebulan / Juneteenth Ohio / $5,500
WaterFire Columbus / 2011 Season / $13,750
Harmony Project / Project Spring / $16,500
Gallery Players / The Action Against Sol Schumann / $3,825
Framelines / Ohio Filmmakers Series / $1,120
Red, White & Boom / 2011 Red, White & Boom / $5,000
BOOST: BOOST is a capacity-building program supporting the governance, leadership, technology and professional development needs of not-for-profit arts organizations. Applicants are encouraged to make a long-term commitment to continuous improvement and to develop skills that result in benefits not only to the organization, but to the larger arts community. Applications are accepted monthly and are funded on a first come, first served basis.
Organization / Project / Grant Amount
Wonderland Columbus / Systems Development / $20,000
Jazz Arts Group / Jazz Audiences Initiative / $10,000
Artists in the Community: GCAC’s Support for artists is provided through Professional Development Assistance and Supply Grants. These support programs give artists in the community the opportunity to enhance their skills and create work that helps drive the vibrancy of the arts in Columbus and Franklin County. Applications are accepted monthly and are funded on a first come, first served basis.
Kate Oliva – $1,000 (Bread and Puppet Theater Apprenticeship Program)
Lea Pearson – $900 (National Flute Association Convention
Andrea Boudreau – $400
Zuzana Muranicova – $450
For more information on GCAC community funding, including guidelines and upcoming deadlines, go togcac.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.
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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein