GCAC's Board of Trustees recently approved 10 grants totaling $94,911 for the first round of Project Support grants. These projects will serve more than one million audience members and support nearly 600 artists. In addition the BOOST (Broadening Organization’s Overall Skills and Technology) funded two grants for $30,000 and the Artists in the Community program provided grants to four artists totaling $2,750. Festivals and performing arts were among the primary applicants for the spring grants. Click here to read the full list of grantees and amounts awarded.
GCAC’s OPPArt series is a way for local artists and creative people to connect with each other and further their professional development through workshops, roundtable discussions, social events and more. Join us for the following workshops in April:
This presentation is geared for creative professionals looking for work in advertising, marketing and graphic design and will touch on resume basics and interview tips. Networking methods, basic dos and don’ts and general hints for successful job searches will be discussed. Presentation will include examples of resumes both good and poorly executed, amusing stories of interviews gone wrong and plenty of time for questions.
For more information and to RSVP, contact Ruby Classen, Grants & Services manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-221-8406. Walk-ins welcome, space allowing.
Check out the Columbus Arts Festival's newly designed Web site at www.ColumbusArtsFestival.org. The new site features a beautiful new Festival artists gallery, audio clips of scheduled performers and food vendor menus (to be posted in mid-April) that will be at the event, June 3, 4 & 5. Visit the site and plan your Festival weekend itinerary now!
Volunteers are indispensable to the success of the Columbus Arts Festival. Each year, the Festival comes to life through the cooperation of Greater Columbus Arts Council staff, Coordinating Committee members and an expansive corps of over 400 on-site volunteers. Energetic, friendly volunteers are needed for the following areas: artist booth monitors, children and adult hands-on art activities, festival greeters, information booths, performances, souvenir sales and more. Click here for more information.
Ohio Governor John Kasich released his budget proposal for FY12/13. The budget includes a 19.5 percent reduction to the Ohio Arts Council's (OAC) general fund appropriation, bringing its FY12/13 budget to $10,611,408. After sustaining a 47 percent decrease in FY10/11, this additional reduction will further limit support to artists, arts organizations, schools and other entities engaged in cultural programming throughout the state. Click here to read the full article.
The 59th Columbus International Film + Video Festival, the longest running film festival in the United State, aka The Chris Awards, is accepting entries now through July 1 for its 2011 Festival. Entry form and instructions are available here. For more information, email email@example.com or go to www.chrisawards.org.
The Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio is a state-wide program presented by the Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation that showcases and celebrates Ohio artists, arts organizations, arts patrons and business support of the arts. Winners were selected in six categories - Arts Administration, Arts Education, Arts Patron, Business Support of the Arts, Community Development and Participation, and Individual Artist.
This year’s awards will be held at the Columbus Athenaeum on Wednesday, May 11 and the registration deadline is Monday, April 11. Tickets are $50 and include lunch and a dessert reception. All proceeds go to the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation.
Register today at www.oac.ohio.gov. Registrations are only accepted online!
Ohio’s sixth annual Poetry Out Loud state competition was held Saturday, March 12 at the Matesich Theatre at Ohio Dominican University. Caira Lee, a junior at Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, won the competition with her recitations of I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, by William Wordsworth; And Soul, by Eavan Boland; and Celebration for June 24, by Thomas McGrath. As the winner of the state finals, Lee received a $300 prize; her school gets $500 for the purchase of poetry books and she will receive an all-expense-paid trip (with a chaperone) to compete in the Poetry Out Loud national finals in Washington, D.C., on April 29, 2011. Click here to visit the Ohio Arts Council's Web site and read the full article.
The nonprofit status for Bexley's Drexel Theatre will keep the art film house open and lay the groundwork for structural and technological improvements. Friends of the Drexel Inc., bought the theater, 2254 E. Main St., March 18 and announced that the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) will manage it and the adjoining Radio Cafe.
The Drexel's former owner, Jeff Frank, who bought the theater in 1981, will stay on as operations manager. Friends of the Drexel formed as a nonprofit organization in late 2009 to save the theater. The Drexel faced two challenges: a struggling economy and competition from multiplexes and improvements in home theater technology. The Drexel screens independent and foreign films, as well as documentaries, classics and cult favorites.
Standing six feet high and spanning 30 feet when all six canvases are together, Life, Liberty and Access for All, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, access, inclusion and hope for the future. VSA Ohio will gift this mural to a location in July, at the end of its statewide tour. Sites interested in acquiring the mural should send a letter explaining why they want the mural and are a good location for it, where they plan to install it, and how the site is accessible. All letters of interest should be emailed to Erin Hoppe by April 15.
Read a great article about the ADA Mural and the 20th anniversary celebration hosted by the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission in the Autumn/Winter 2010 issue of OhioABILITY.
Nurture your creative spirit during ARTcamps at Dublin Arts Council (DAC) this summer. Registration is now underway for one-week sessions which run from June 20 through August 12. Camps range from photography to acting to pottery-making, encompassing a range of skills and ages from 6 to 18 years.
“RU Ready to Rock?” is a new offering this summer, modeled after the 2003 musical comedy film School of Rock starring Jack Black. Middle and high school aged students will receive individualized and small group instruction from rock musician educators. Participants will learn about forming a band, getting gigs and more. The camp runs from July 18 through 22 and concludes with an outdoor performance on the DAC grounds on Friday. Guitarists, bassists, drummers and vocalists are welcome.
Register today at www.dublinarts.org.
Scholarship applications are now available for high school seniors residing in Upper Arlington who plan to further their study in the arts.
The Doris Nelson Arts Scholarship, co-sponsored by the City of Upper Arlington’s Cultural Arts Division and UA Arts, will be awarded to two Upper Arlington high school seniors who plan to continue further study in the arts. The scholarships are $1,000 each and will be awarded to students who create and/or perform in these arts categories: vocal music, instrumental music, dance, theatre, film, video and visual arts.
The Judith Chalker Literary Arts Scholarship, also co-sponsored by the City of Upper Arlington’s Cultural Arts Division and UA Arts, will be awarded to an Upper Arlington high school senior who plans to continue further study in the literary arts. This scholarship is $1,000 and will be awarded to a student who creates work in fiction (including drama, fantasy, and poetry) or non-fiction (including biography, essay, and narrative nonfiction).
The deadlines for both the 2011 Doris Nelson Arts Scholarship and the Judith Chalker Literary Arts Scholarship is Monday, April 11.
To download an application, visit www.uaoh.net/culturalarts.
Kansas Senate passed a resolution on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 rejecting Gov. Sam Brownback’s move to abolish the Kansas Arts Commission. Senators voted 24-13 to reject the governor’s plan to convert the commission to a private nonprofit group and reassign its official responsibilities to the Kansas Historical Society. Read moreabout the Senate vote to preserve the Kansas Arts Commission.
Read the blog post on ArtsBlog posted February 9, 2011 which discusses Kansas Arts Commission’s struggle to maintain its funding. Find out how other states are doing with their arts council budget allocations at Americans for the Arts State Arts Appropriations Update Web pages.
Officials at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. recently pledged to seek more American suppliers for the merchandise sold in the gift shops of its popular museums. They also announced that one gift shop in the National Museum of American History will exclusively carry merchandise manufactured in the U.S.
The announcement came following a meeting with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who wrote a letter to the museum in January expressing his disappointment in the lack of American-made products found in the souvenir shops of the national institution.
See ABC's coverage of Sen. Sanders' meeting with Smithsonian executives here.
Read Sen. Sanders' press release here.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to administer the American Music Abroad program. American Music Abroad will consist of approximately 10 tours for a select number of professional American artists in a wide range of uniquely American musical genres. The program is designed to broadly represent the excellence and diversity of traditional American music, including but not limited to contemporary urban music, hip hop, rock and roll, jazz and American roots music genres like country and western, bluegrass, zydeco, Cajun, and folk. Musicians selected for this program must demonstrate high artistic ability, evidence a strong commitment to education and exchange activities, and reflect the diversity of America and American music. International tours will include workshops, master classes, and outreach activities, in addition to performances.
Application deadline is April 29, 2011. Full details about this opportunity may be found in the Federal Register announcement of this competition, available here (search for American Music Abroad).
The Grammy's MusiCares program provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. Recognizing the devastation in the Midwest due to the recent floods, MusiCares has listed a number of resources that affected individuals can contact for social services, shelter, food and other assistance. Musicians or other professionals in the music industry who have lost housing, goods, instruments, equipment or employment due to the flooding, can contact MusiCares and/or the relevant organizations listed on their site. There may be help available.