GCAC’s 2012 Community Arts Partnership awards will recognize the accomplishments and efforts of individuals and businesses for their support of 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 18 at the Statehouse Atrium, 1 Capitol Square in downtown Columbus.

Nominations are accepted online through September 5 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.

2012 Media Artists Fellowship Program

Together, GCAC and the Columbus Film Council (CFC) have created a 2012 media artists fellowship program for Columbus filmmakers. Three fellowships will be available in the disciplines of film, video and digital moving image. With an application deadline set at August 31. Go to the CFC website for details on how to apply.

Community Organizations Receive $8,500 from GCAC's Franklin County Neighborhood Arts Program

GCAC has awarded 10 community organizations a total of $8,500 during the second round of the 2012 Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program (FCNA). The FCNA program supports neighborhood and community groups with public arts projects in all disciplines. Projects that actively provide access to the arts for people of all cultural backgrounds, economic status, sexual orientation, age and physical ability receive priority consideration. Follow this link to see the full release which includes the list of recipients and the amounts awarded for their projects.

GCAC Announces New Structure for Community Arts Education Program in Partnership With Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

GCAC, in partnership with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE), has announced a new home for the Community Arts Education programs that have been a part of GCAC since 1976. The programs transferred to the OAAE effective July 31, 2012. GCAC will continue to advocate for and support arts education. Read the full release here.


Mayor Coleman and Janet Jackson Ask Community Partners to Join the Columbus Volunteer Challenge

Mayor Michael B. Coleman and United Way of Central Ohio President and CEO Janet E. Jackson are calling on community partners to join the Columbus Volunteer Challenge.

“As we continue our Bicentennial celebration, this is the time where we not only honor our past, but ignite a stronger, more humanitarian future,” Mayor Coleman said. “The Columbus Volunteer Challenge is our opportunity to show the world that Columbus is the most caring and generous city on the planet.”

The Challenge will kick off August 25 and culminate September 11, the National Day of Service. For more information, visit For Facebook users, check out a short video on the project here.

Brushstrokes for Global Awareness

Brushstrokes for Global Awareness is an art auction that bridges artists' unique ability to advance global awareness with the mission and vision of the United Nations Association (UNA). All proceeds give scholarships to college interns and offer educational programs about international citizenship to high school students. To learn more about how you can get involved, donate art and/or attend the auction, visit Brushstrokes for Global Awareness.

Thurber House Receives Grant From the NEA

For the second year in a row, Thurber House has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  The $15,000 grant will support programs like the Children's Summer Writing Camp, Young Writers Studio and Adult Writing Workshops.  Learn more about the Thurber House at

Jazz Arts Group Selects Partners for JAI Theory-to-Practice Experiments

The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is America's oldest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, performing and promoting jazz. Since receiving a $120,000 Continuing Innovation Stage II grant from the Dorris Duke Charitable Foundation, JAG has chosen five partner organizations across the U.S. to implement data from the Jazz Audiences Initiative(JAI) study in their everyday practices of presenting and producing jazz. Go to learn more about JAG, JAI, and the Theory-to-Practice experiments set to begin fall 2012

Columbus Idea Foundry: Helping People, Helping the Community

By combining 25,000 square feet of work space and studios, hundreds of tools and an ever growing creative group of dedicated members, the Columbus Idea Foundry has created the perfect grass roots creative space for jobs of all types. Whether you're looking for a place to help get your business off the ground, interested in learning a new hands on skill, or would like to rent their equipment or space this could be your go to spot. Go to the Columbus Idea Foundry to get started.


Scientists Set Higgs Boson to Music

Using music to gain knowledge about protons, more specifically the God particle, is exactly what’s happening at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland. Higgs Boson (the God Particle) is capable of making a melody with each bump. Not only is a rhythm created that is helpful to researchers and is capable of offering better public understanding, but that very rhythm can enjoyed on its own or combined with a number of other instruments to create a rather impressive musical experience. To read more and to listen to the Higgs Boson check out the Discovery News website.

Arts, Culture and Design to Boost Economic Growth

New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture, and Design, a new report released in May by NGA Center for Best Practices, focuses on the role that arts, culture, and design can play in governors’ policies to create jobs and boost their economies in the short run and transition to an innovation-based economy in the long run. To learn more about these strategies visit the National Governors Association.

Limitless Opportunities for Residencies

Whether you’re looking for a residency just around the corner or all the way around the world ResArtist is the web site your looking for. With approximately 400 opportunities listed in states and countries all over the world, all compiled onto one web site, ResArtist is finding a residency made easy.  Learn more at

Sounds on the Town at Easton.

Between the Notes: Conversations, Stories, and Wisdom from Columbus's Finest Musicians
Presented by Wild Goose Creative
Through August 9, 2012

Sounds on the Town Concert Series
Presented by Easton Town Center
Through September 5, 2012

Medium Rare - Sculpture & Painting by Erin McKenna & Taylor Hawkins
Presented by Grid Furnishings
Through June 30, 2013

JazZoo! Byron's Birthday Bash
Presented by Jazz Arts Group
August 17, 2012

Global Dance Stars Gala
Presented by BalletMet Columbus
August 18, 2012

2012 Columbus Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Presented by Rebecca Adele Events
August 19, 2012

Family Fun: Creative Movement
Presented by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
August 29, 2012

Visiting Artist & Scholars: Stefan Sagmeister
Presented by Columbus College of Art & Design
August 30, 2012