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

April 6, 2015

Greater Columbus Arts Council Awards First Quarter Project Support, Community Impact, Boost and Artists In The Community Grants

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Greater Columbus Arts Council board of trustees approved 13 grants totaling $158,141 for the first round of Project Support grants in 2015. Additionally the Board approved one Community Impact grant totaling $3,580, five BOOST grants totaling $46,900 and 15 Artists in the Community grants totaling $10,597. Various performances and festivals will occur throughout Columbus featuring organizations such as The Asian Festival at the Franklin Park Conservatory May 23-24, Capriccio Vocal Ensemble presenting the seldom heard Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Songs” at Beechwold Christian Church June 13-14 and the free arts and music festival Summer Jam Westgate, held at Westgate Park on July 11. PROJECT SUPPORT Project Support grants provide funding for the numerous short-term cultural activities that give Columbus its vitality. This quarterly cycle, grantees will serve more than 268,000 audience members and will support approximately 1,041 artists. Organization / Project / Grant Amount Alkebulan / 25th Annual Juneteenth Ohio Festival / $16,250 Asian Festival / 2015 Asian Festival / $20,250 Camille Catherine, Inc. / Creative Strings Workshop and Festival / $7,500 Capriccio Vocal Ensemble / Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Songs” / $2,145 CATCO is Theatre / The Final Table / $15,000 Columbus Civic Theatre / 2015 Season / $22,525 Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services / New American Festival 2015 / $3,825 Jefferson Academy of Music / Signature Series & 2015-16 Season / $7,500 Ohioana Library Association / 2015 Ohioana Book Festival / $25,508 Pizzuti Collection / Us Is Them / $28,500 Summer Jam Westgate / Summer Jam Westgate / $1,650 TL United Music For Hope / Southeast Asia Music and Art Festival / $1,750 VSA Ohio / ReelAbilities Columbus Disabilities Film Festival 2015 / $5,738 TOTAL: $158,141  There are three more deadlines for Project Support in 2015: April 15, July 15 and October 15. COMMUNITY IMPACT Community Impact grants provide funding to support long-term, sustainable projects or activity by arts and culture organizations and/or non-traditional arts and culture organizations that are intended to affect the economic development and growth in the targeted geographic areas. Organization / Project / Grant Amount TL United Music For Hope / Lao/Thai New Year Celebration Cultural Dance / $3,580 TOTAL: $3,580 There are three more deadlines for Community Impact in 2015: April 15, July 15 and October 15. BOOST BOOST (Broadening Organization’s Overall Skills and Technology) 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. Applicant Name / Application Title / Grant Amount Franklinton Arts District / Strategic Plan / $10,000 Jefferson Academy of Music / The Digital Dialogue – Catching Up / $7,500 Linden Cleve Theatre / Feasibility Analysis / $10,000 Thiossane Institute / Enhancing Marketing Capacity / $10,000 TL United Music For Hope / Officeand event equipment, graphic web design, and collateral design / $9,400 TOTAL: $46,900 The BOOST program has expended all available funds for 2015.  The program will reopen in January, 2016. ARTISTS IN THE COMMUNITY Support for artists is provided through Professional Development Assistance, Supply Grants and Performing Artist Travel 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. Professional Development Grant Jacci Delaney – Glass Artist – $1,000 Ryan Feeney – Visual Artist – $470 Shahid Khan – Glass Artist – $975 John Michael Osburn – Musician – $853 Tara Polansky – Ceramicist – $884 Claudia Retter – Photographer – $1,000 Paul Ricketts – Visual Artist – $1,000 Rodolfo Vazquez Cangas – Flutist – $1,000 Supply Grant Luke Ahern – Visual Artist: Painter – $474 Maryum Cooper – Literary Artist – $500 Madeleine Etter – Metal Smith – $497 Dana Lynn Harper – Mixed Media Artist – $468 Zach Van Horn – Visual Artist: Painter – $484 Keith Williams – Musician – $500 Jon Witzky – Visual Artist: Painter – $492 Applications are accepted monthly and are funded on a first come, first served basis. For more information about Arts Council funding and programs including guidelines and upcoming deadlines, contact Ruby Harper, Grants & Services director at rharper@gcac.org or by phone, (614) 221-8406. 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, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council thanks the City of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.  The Arts Council has been recognized as one of the “5 NonProfits to Watch” in 2014 by The Columbus Foundation.