Greater Columbus Arts Council, City of Columbus and Columbus Art Commission Receive Our Town Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

GCAC, in partnership with the City of Columbus and the City’s Columbus Art Commission, announced on July 12 that Columbus will receive an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), one of only 51 grants awarded nationwide out of 447 applications received. The project, Columbus Public Art 2012, will receive $150,000 to present 10-15 public art projects throughout the downtown Columbus area during the City's bicentennial year, 2012.  NEA funds will be used primarily for artist project awards.

Our Town is the NEA's latest investment in creative placemaking, through which partners from both public and private sectors come together to strategically shape the social, physical and economic character of a neighborhood, town, city or region around arts and cultural activities. Click here to read the full press release.


GCAC’s 2011 Community Arts Partnership awards will recognize accomplishments in the arts during the past year. The event will honor winners in six categories at a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 at COSI Columbus, 333 W. Broad Street.

Nominations are accepted online through August 18 only at Nominations may be submitted by businesses, organizations and individuals. Self nominations are not accepted. Categories include small, medium and large for businesses. Individuals can be nominated in the categories of Arts Educator, Emerging Arts Leader and Arts Partner. Click here for more information.


GCAC has received a two-year Arts Partnership grant from the Ohio Arts Council with the amount of $11,954 to be allocated for the first year. The grant will support the Art in the House & TRANSIT ARTS program for the period of July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2013 and is a $1,500 increase over GCAC’s last Arts Partnership award.

The Ohio Arts Council’s Arts Partnership program is designed to provide a flexible source of support for arts learning projects that address the needs of individual learners and their communities, particularly underserved populations. Click here to learn more about the program.


In its second round of funding for the 2011 Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program, GCAC awarded eight community organizations grants totaling $8,050. The program works to provide support to community groups though public arts. Grants went to groups such as Growing Hearts and Hands Community Garden, Pull the String Productions and Columbus International High School. Click here to see the full press release.


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 August:

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


GCAC presented six Franklin County artists with awards at the opening of the prestigious Ohio State Fair's Fine Arts Exhibition on July 26. The exhibition features works by amateur and professional visual and film/video artists from Ohio.

George Cline and Melissa Vogley-Woods received the GCAC Professional Visual Arts Award; April Hernandez and Elizabeth Nelson received the GCAC Amateur Visual Arts Award; and Corey Aumiller and Matt Swift received the GCAC Film/Video Award. The exhibition, with approximately 300 pieces of Ohio's best artwork on display through the end of the Fair on August 6, is located in the Cox Building at the Ohio Expo Center. Click here to read more.


GCAC has dispersed money raised for the Columbus Arts Festival Artist Relief Fund to those artists who applied for help after suffering damages from a severe microburst storm during the event on June 4. Thirty-two artist tents were destroyed and 14 artists suffered so much damage to their work and displays that they were unable exhibit for the remainder of the show.

Thousands of dollars were raised for the Relief Fund from an extraordinary outpouring of support from the local community, Festival participants, as well as artists and supporters from around the country who heard about the devastating damage. More than $8,600 in funds was dispersed. Click here to read the full press release.



PNC announced on July 26 that 13 local arts organizations with creative ideas for engaging audiences will receive approximately half a million dollars from The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE: PNC). The grants are the second of three years of financial support for central Ohio arts programming through the PNC Arts Alive initiative, a $1.5 million effort to expand the reach and economic impact of the arts in the region.

“Central Ohio’s thriving arts scene continues to serve as a key driver of our local economy, although many groups are seeking new ways to meet funding challenges posed by the current environment,” said Michael Gonsiorowski, PNC regional president for central Ohio. “Our entire community benefits from innovative arts programming that bolsters the local economy by creating jobs and drawing more residents and visitors to partake in the rich cultural experiences of this region.”

The second round of Arts Alive grant recipients span the Columbus metropolitan and regional communities and represent a diverse group of disciplines spanning music, dance, theater and visual arts. Programs demonstrate new collaborations among arts groups, blending traditional and new media into performances, and unique cultural and alternative learning experiences. Click here to read the press release and see the full list of grantees.

Wonderland Columbus Searches for New Home

After initial plans to locate the project within the former Wonder Bread factory in the Short North fiscally unfeasible, Wonderland Columbus is in the process of searching for a new physical home with the help of a committee of advisers.

Wonderland leaders have assured supporters that the development will do nothing to slow the project’s momentum, and may actually help expedite Wonderland’s application for 501(c)3 non-profit status with the IRS.

So far, several locations with great potential have been identified. The architecture firm of BBCO Design will remain with the project and is also assisting with the search effort.

Wonderland is open to questions and comments via email at Board and staff will also be available to talk with supporters directly at a variety of upcoming programs on the Wonderland calendar, starting with the creative networking event Wunderblender August 2 at The Jury Room restaurant.  Progress updates will be shared on Facebook, Twitter, and at

Ohio Art League Names Stephanie Sypsa New Organizational Administrator & Gallery Director

Stephanie Sypsa was recently announced as the new organizational administrator & gallery director of the Ohio Art League. Sypsa’s role will be to act as a liaison between the Ohio Art League and the organization’s members and gallery’s visitors in addition to overseeing gallery operations. Previously, Sypsa has worked as an art educator and head art preparatory of the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery as well as an art instructor at the Columbus Academy and the Columbus College of Art & Design.

Bryan Kossmann Tapped as New President of Couchfire Collective

Couchfire Collective announced that two-year member Bryan Kossmann will take over as president of the organization as co-founder and past president Adam Brouillette moves into his new role as executive director of Wonderland. Under the direction of Kossmann, the Couchfire plans to move in a new direction while keeping their core values the same. The organization will transition the leadership of some of its popular events to other arts groups.  Go to to read the full article.

Help Double the Size of the Columbus Idea Foundry

The Columbus Idea Foundry recently launched their Kickstarter campaign to raise $5,500. Money raised will double the size of their space as well as adding a dark room, videography stage, textile/upholstery station, lithography room,and more than 10 individual studio rental spaces. A celebratory festival will be held on August 20 for donors and potential funders. The Columbus Idea Foundry is a 10,000 square-foot area in the Milo-Grogan neighborhood that provides workspace for inventors, artists, and manufacturers.  Click here to find out how to make a donation.

Now Online, Ohio Arts Council's A New View: 2011-2013 Strategic Plan

The Ohio Arts Council’s 2011-2013 Strategic Plan is now available to the public both for download and online. Entitled A New View, the planning process took two years and involved the OAC board, staff, and Ohio residents from across the state. The plan highlights the OAC’s core values of strengthening the role that the arts play in both creative and economic development and education. Click here to download the full version or the Executive Summary in PDF form.

Columbus Ranked as 8th Most Creative City

According to the Vitality Index, a report compiled by Creative Cities International, LLC, Columbus is ranked as the eighth most creative city in the United States. Rankings were based upon both qualitative and quantitative factors including public spaces, cultural institutions, and a desire for connection among the cities’ residents.  Click here to read the full report.


3331 Arts Chiyoda, Open Residence – Call for Applications

3331 Arts Chiyoda, a Tokyo arts center that opened in June 2010, is accepting applications for its Open Residence program. In its short history, 3331 has gained international attention for its original approach to arts engagement. The residency provides an opportunity for artists to be inspired by both modern and historic Japanese culture. Applications are due by September 23, 2011 for residencies between January 2012 and June 2012.  Click here for full details.

Kinema Japan, courtesy of the Wexner Center.

Kinema Japan: Pale Flower and Caterpillar
Presented by Wexner Center for the Arts
August 4, 2011

Thirteenth Annual Heritage Concert Series
Presented by King Arts Complex
August 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2011

Music @ The MAC: Loren Barrigar & Mark Mazengarb
Presented by Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center
August 4, 2011

Baby Soda LIVE - Swing Dance and Lesson
Presented by SwingColumbus
August 13, 2011

PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park - Erik Augis, Lisa Clark, & Friends
Presented by Jazz Arts Group
August 23, 2011

Festival Latino
Presented by CAPA
August 13-14, 2011

Fifth Annual African Village Arts Festival
Presented by Urban Cultural Arts Foundation
August 20, 2011

Second Annual Central Ohio Garden Tour
Presented by Columbus Landscapes Association
August 27, 2011