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in Press Releases June 12, 2012 2 min read

Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees has approved 24 grants totaling $2,440,000 in Operating Support, funds which GCAC receives from the City of Columbus through the hotel motel bed tax.

“Operating Support is GCAC’s largest pool of grant funds and we are pleased to be in a position to increase funding over last year’s level,” said Milt Baughman, President of GCAC. “These important cultural organizations serve as the foundation for access to the arts in our community and public support is critical to helping their programs stay accessible to everyone.”

Under the grants guidelines, any nonprofit arts organization of any budget size that meets the eligibility criteria can qualify for unrestricted Operating Support funding. Applicants must demonstrate exemplary artistic achievement and significant impact on the city’s economy and tourism, as well as fiscal responsibility.

GCAC awarded $2,440,000 in Operating Support grants to the following 24 organizations:

Organization / Grant Amount
Actors Theatre / $19,500
Ballet Metropolitan, Inc. / $220,000
CAPA / $225,000
CATCO / $117,000
Chamber Music Columbus / $19,500
CityMusic, Inc. / $18,000
Columbus Children’s Theatre / $82,500
Columbus Dance Theatre / $33,500
Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus / $26,000
Columbus Landmarks Foundation / $12,500
Columbus Museum of Art / $225,000
Columbus Symphony Orchestra / $200,000
COSI / $225,000
Franklin Park Conservatory / $80,000
Friends of Early Music / $15,500
Jazz Arts Group / $175,750
King Arts Complex / $133,000
MadLab / $14,500
Ohio Art League / $14,750
Ohio Designer Craftsmen / $85,000
Opera Columbus / $108,000
ProMusica / $100,000
Thurber House / $65,000
Wexner Center for the Arts / $225,000

TOTAL: $2,440,000

Since 2001 GCAC has awarded grants of more than $27 million in operating support, project support, technical assistance and individual artist fellowships. In 2011, Operating Support grants totaling just over $2 million dollars were awarded to 22 organizations. The two new organizations in 2011 are Franklin Park Conservatoryand Columbus Landmarks Foundation.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees also approved 18 grant totaling $11,974 in BOOST (formerly Technical Assistance) and Artists in the Community grants.

BOOST: BOOST (Broadening Organizations’ 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 also to the larger arts community. Applications are accepted monthly and are funded on a first come, first served basis.

Applicant Name / Application Title / Amount Awarded
YWCA (Andrea Boudreau) / CMA/UW Workshops / $540

TOTAL: $ 540

ARTISTS IN THE COMMUNITY: 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.

Jenny Fine – $475
Sean McHenry – $465
Emily Moorhead – $500
Kris Morris – $475
Mariana Smith – $380
Matthew Swift – $500
Heather Wirth – $289

TOTAL: $3,084

Rita Arnold – $900 – DC Black Theatre Festival
Deborah L. Baillieul – $600 – 2012 Quilt Surface Design Symposium
Thomas Baillieul – $550 – 2012 Quilt Surface Design Symposium
Lisa Earley – $900 – DC Black Theatre Festival
Nanette Hodge – $900 – DC Black Theatre Festival
Shelby Holden – $900 – DC Black Theatre Festival
Reggie McMillian – $900 – DC Black Theatre Festival
Mark E. Pinkston – $900 – DC Black Theatre Festival
Jack Ramunni – $975 – Mildred’s Lane
Mariana Smith – $825 – 2012 Large Format Printmaking Residency

TOTAL: $8,350

For more information on GCAC community funding, including guidelines and upcoming deadlines, go

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, the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for their continued support.

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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492