COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Greater Columbus Arts Council’s (Arts Council) 2015 Community Arts Partnership (CAP) awards will recognize the community’s important contributions to the arts including financial support, non-cash contributions, volunteer involvement and board participation. Strong partnerships between businesses, community members and the arts stimulate economic growth, promote the city’s revitalization, encourage tourism and enhance Columbus’ cultural image. The event, presented this year by PNC, will honor winners in six categories at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 15 at COSI Columbus, 333 W. Broad Street.
Nominations are accepted online through Wednesday, Sept. 9, at gcac.org. Nominations may be submitted by businesses, organizations and individuals. Self nominations are not accepted.
Nomination categories are:
Arts Educator: An individual who has made a significant contribution to making arts education opportunities available to students K-12 within a school system or in after-school programs or activities. This award is presented in partnership with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.
Emerging Arts Leader: An individual 40 years of age or younger who has had a significant, positive effect in helping the arts in central Ohio flourish through leadership, innovation, creativity and/or investment.
Arts Partner: 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 his or her significant contributions of time, effort and/or financial resources.
Medium Business: For a business with 51-500 employees that has offered current, creative and innovative support to one or more arts organizations in greater Columbus throughout the past year.
Small Business: For a business with fewer than 50 employees that has offered current, creative and innovative support to one or more arts organizations in greater Columbus throughout the past year.
Traditionally nominations are also accepted in the category of Large Business (more than 500 employees). This year, the Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees and the Columbus Cultural Leadership Consortium have selected AEP as the recipient of the Large Business Award in advance of the nomination process. AEP is receiving this award in recognition of their outstanding three-year commitment to the Art Makes Columbus campaign, which launched in 2015 to help tell the stories of Columbus artists and support the entire arts community.
The Arts Council will announce the winners of the Arts Educator, Emerging Arts Leader and Arts Partner awards prior to the event; Medium and Small Business award winners will be announced at the event.
Additionally, the Arts Council will present the Columbus Makes Art Awards (formerly Artistic Excellence Award) of $10,000. Starting in 2015, two awards will be given: One to an arts organization with a budget of $1 million and over and the second an organization with a budget under $1 million. Arts organizations are awarded for demonstrating innovation, risk and artistic excellence in a performance, exhibition or program. Nominees for the Columbus Makes Art Award are selected by Arts Council Board of Trustees. The winners will be chosen by the Board just prior to the Awards ceremony and announced at the luncheon.
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. www.gcac.org
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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein