COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) today announced the recipients of the 2021 Columbus Makes Art Excellence Awards, part of its annual Community Arts Partnership (CAP) Awards program.
The Columbus Makes Art Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievements in innovation, risk and artistic excellence in a performance, exhibition, program or project. One $10,000 award will be given in each category of organizations with budgets of under $1 million and those with budgets over $1 million. The Columbus Makes Art Excellence Awards are supported by Bath & Body Works and The Ohio State University.
The 2021 nominees are:
Organizations with budgets of under $1 million
- Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, 2020 Festival
- Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, 2020/2021 Season
- Opera Project Columbus, I, Too, Sing America
The winner of the 2021 Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award for a budget under $1 million is Opera Project Columbus for I, Too, Sing America.
Organizations with budgets of $1 million and over
- Columbus Museum of Art, Art After Stonewall
- King Arts Complex, Hey It’s Faye
- COSI and WOSU Public Media, QED with Dr. B.
The winner of the 2021 Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award for a budget over $1 million is Columbus Museum of Art for Art After Stonewall.
A video honoring all the nominees, showcasing the winners and announcing the Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award recipients can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/ouS6sispJig
In late September, the following CAP award winners were announced. In addition to the award, four of the recipients will be gifted a piece from a local artist, purchased by the Arts Council:
- Arts Educator Award: Dionne Custer Edwards, nominated by Fawn Harris, receiving Lisa Cliff’s Dana: Angel of Wisdom, Angel of Knowledge
- Michael B. Coleman Arts Partner Award: Marilyn Brown, selected by the Arts Council Board of Trustees, receiving Wil Wong Yee’s Gay Street
- Emerging Arts Leader Award: Johnny Riddle, nominated by Michael Bush, Danny Peterson and Trent Smith, receiving Beverly Whiteside’s Patches of Hope
- Employer Award: Land-Grant Brewing Co., nominated by the Franklinton Arts District, receiving Christopher Burk’s Abandoned Obscured
- Dale E. Heydlauff Community Arts Innovation Awards: Art & Empathy Talks by Donte Woods-Spikes and PATTERNZ Summer Arts Camp at the Lincoln Theatre. Each Heydlauff Award winner receives a $2,500 prize.
See full details of those award nominees and winners at: www.gcac.org/press-release/greater-columbus-arts-council-announces-2021-community-arts-partnership-awards-nominees-and-winners/
For more information about the Community Arts Partnership Awards go to: www.gcac.org/events/community-arts-partnership-awards
The 2021 Community Arts Partnership Awards program is supported by Bath & Body Works, Cardinal Health, Grange Insurance, Mills James, The Ohio State University and PNC.
Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus. www.gcac.org
The Greater Columbus Arts Council receives major financial support from the City of Columbus, Franklin County Commissioners and the Ohio Arts Council.
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