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October 14, 2020

Greater Columbus Arts Council Presents Dale E. Heydlauff with the Michael B. Coleman Arts Partner Award and Announces Recipients of the Community Arts Innovation Awards

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) released a video tribute today to Dale E. Heydlauff, honoring him with the annual Michael B. Coleman Arts Partner Award. Heydlauff is senior vice president of corporate communications for American Electric Power and president of the American Electric Power Foundation, and longtime supporter of the arts in Columbus.

The Michael B. Coleman Arts Partner Award is presented each year at the Arts Council’s annual Community Arts Partnership Awards to 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 her or his significant contributions of time, effort and/or financial resources.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Greater Columbus Arts Council is not producing a live Community Arts Partnership event; however, videos honoring Heydlauff’s contributions to the arts in Columbus and the Community Arts Innovation Award winners can be viewed here.

In honor of Heydlauff’s contributions, the Arts Council’s new award category has been named the Dale E. Heydlauff Community Arts Innovation Awards. The awards, which come with a prize of $2,500, are presented to innovative arts and cultural projects or initiatives that have addressed the unprecedented and challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and/or the protests resulting from social injustice, by creating something that helped lift up or provide relief to others in the community.

The Dale E. Heydlauff Community Arts Innovation Awards winners are:

  • Richard Duarte Brown for the Whitehall-Yearling High School Banners
  • Michelle Brandt and Brandt-Roberts Galleries for Color Me Columbus
  • King Arts Complex for The HeART of Protest
  • COSI for the Learning Lunchboxes
  • Can’t Stop Columbus for the Cbus Arts Hub, Curbside Concerts and Gravity Uplifts

The Community Arts Partnership awards program is supported by LBrands Foundation, PNC and Cardinal Health, production partner WOSU Public Media, and media sponsor CityScene. The Arts Council offers special thanks to American Electric Power.

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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