The Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees approved eight grants totaling $110,225 for the first round of Project Support grants in 2012. Over 1.5 million audience members will be served through these projects and the projects will support nearly 750 artists. Additionally the Board approved five BOOST grants totaling $18,665 and $11,250 in Artists in the Community grants to 17 individual artists. There are three more deadlines for project support in 2011—April 16, July 16 and October 15. To read more about the grans awarded by the GCAC Board of Trustees, click here.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council and JP Morgan Chase Foundation have chosen the final round of grant recipients for the Chase 200Columbus Neighborhood Grant Program. Twenty-three projects throughout Columbus were funded totaling $110,000. Fifty-seven applications were received. Fourteen applications were awarded funding totaling $90,000 in the first round announced last fall. Award winning grants help fulfill the mission of the Bicentennial of honoring the past, celebrating the present, and envisioning the future. To learn more click here.


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. To apply as a volunteer, click here.

Be sure to check out the Festival website in mid-April--participating Artists, performers, food vendors and more will be posted on the Columbus Arts Festival website soon!


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:

For more information and to RSVP, contact Ruby Harper, Grants & Services director, at or (614) 221-8406. Walk-ins welcome, space allowing.

Artists in Schools Artists to Perform at 2012 FAIRFIELD BAY STORY FEST

On Saturday, April 21, an outstanding quartet of storytellers will perform at the Fairfield Bay Story Fest in Arkansas.  Among the storytellers are Lyn Ford and Kevin Cordi who serve as artists for GCAC's Artists-in-Schools program.  Ford and Cordi will perform their incredible repertoire of stories at the the third annual festival.  Tickets for the day are $15 and admission for anyone under the age of 16 is free. To reserve tickets, click here. For details and registration information, contact Stas’ Ziolkowski, festival director, at or call (501) 253-4656.


The 2010 Business Committee for the Arts National Survey of Business Support to the Arts found that small and mid-size businesses more than ever contribute a larger share of arts dollars compared to large businesses. Small and mid-size businesses also provide a significant amount of non-cash support to the arts. Hear why small and mid-size businesses partner with the arts and learn how arts organizations create successful partnerships with small to mid-sized businesses. The free webinar will be on April 24 from 3 to 4 p.m. EST and hosted by the Greater Columbus Arts Council at 100 E. Broad St., Ste. 2250. The webinar will be moderated by Mark Shugoll, CEO of Shugoll Research and presented by Andy Shallal, owner of Busboys & Poets Restaurants as well as Jim Sparrow, executive director of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne.  For questions about how to participate, please contact Ruby Harper, GCAC's director of Grants & Services at


Winners Chosen in Bicentennial Celebrate Columbus in Song Contest

200Columbus, the organization leading the efforts for a citywide celebration of Columbus’ 200th birthday, announced the 13 finalists from the Celebrate Columbus In Song contest. The finalists were voted in by public vote from Feb. 14 through March 23. There were more than 4,600 voters casting nearly 10,000 votes to choose the top 13 artists from the 29 finalists. The winning entries, along with the Bicentennial Anthem composed by Milton Ruffin, the principal at Ft. Hayes High School, will be featured on a CD that will be released in June.

The 13 winners will each receive a cash prize of $500 and an opportunity for professional recording and production time at the WCBE-FM or Jazz Academy studios. Winners will also be connected with performance opportunities at Columbus events and festivals during 2012. To hear the winners songs go to:


The Wexner Center has announced that they are planning to add a new education facility that will be located where the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is now located on 27 West 17 Avenue. The new wing will have 7,200 square feet of classrooms, art studios, offices, computer labs, along with a gallery, a library, and a learning lab. The Wexner Center will also begin after-school programs and activities in this new space. The center is also taking local teens' input into account for this new facility. To view the press release click here, to view the article click here.


The New Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel, opening in the fall, will feature over 160 different paintings, sculptures, and photographs. All of these works of art were created by artists from the central Ohio area. Some of the artists whose work will be featured include Queen Brooks, Susan Cavanaugh, Curtis Goldstein, Ann Hamilton, Stephen Pentak, Aminah Robinson and Lowell Tolstedt. To read more, click here.


The 60th Columbus International Film & Video Festival

Entries are being accepted now through July 1 for the 2012 Columbus International Film & Video Festival, also known as the Chris Awards, the longest running film festival in the United States. All who enter will win a prize from Showbiz Software. Winners will be chosen for the President’s Award and the Best of Festival. To apply, click here. For more information about the Chris Awards, go to

OSU Urban Arts Space Invites Central Ohio High School Students to Apply for 2012 High School Juried Exhibition

Applicants are encouraged to submit pieces in any visual or performing arts medium.  Visual media will be on view at OSU Urban Arts Space, located in the historic Lazarus Building at 50 W. Town Street in downtown Columbus, from June 23 through July 28. Performances will debut during the public exhibition reception on Saturday, June 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.. Submissions will be juried and accepted for the exhibition by a panel of community members and artists in mid-May, and three prizewinners will be announced during the reception. Artists can visit to complete an online application, or download a PDF to mail to or drop off at OSU Urban Art Space. Entries must be submitted or postmarked by May 1.

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland Announces Dates of Inaugural Exhibition for New Building

The public opening for the new building in the Uptown district will be on October 8 and will be featuring 13 international artists on themes of space and architecture. The exhibition, titled Inside Out From the Ground Up, will feature all types of artists and will demonstrate their perspective on architecture and concepts of space. Some of the featured artists are Louise Bourgeois, David Hammons, Gordon Matta-Clark, David Altmejd, Walead Beshty, Katharina Grosse, Jacqueline Humphries, Corey McCorkle, Henrique Oliveira, Barry Underwood, William Villalongo, Rachel Whiteread, and Haegue Yang. To learn more, visit



Well-known jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery was said to be one of the most dynamic and influential jazz guitarists of the 1960s.  Resonance Records will be releasing Wes Montgomery: Echoes of Indiana Avenue, which includes nine recently uncovered tracks from 1957 and 1958. To read more, click here.


Sotheby’s in New York has acquired a thousand-year-old Cambodian statue of a mythic warrior that is believed to be stolen. The statue is estimated to be worth $2-3 million and was supposed to be put up for auction by Sotheby’s but was removed at the last minute after the Cambodian government said the statue was looted from their country. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has opened an investigation. To read more click here.

Image courtesy of Franklin Park Conservatory.

Blooms & Butterflies 2012
Through September 3, 2012
Presented by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Yesterday: a CCAD Student Exhibition
Through April 20, 2012
Presented by Dublin Arts Council

Spring Academy "Artists of Columbus"
April 2, 2012 — April 13, 2012
Presented by King Arts Complex

Paws in the Plaza
April 5, 2012- November 1, 2012
Presented by Gahanna Convention and Visitors Bureau

Adult Egg Hunt At Camelot Cellars Winery
April 7, 2012
Presented by Camelot Cellars

Capital University's Student Art Exhibition
April 10, 2012 — April 27, 2012
Presented by The Schumacher Gallery

OWU Theatre - A Ring Around the Moon
April 13, 2012 — April 22, 2012
Presented by Ohio Wesleyan University, OWU