GCAC and the Columbus Film Council (CFC) announced the recipients 2011 Media Arts Fellowship awards on November 19 during an evening presentation of Movies+Mead, Animation and More 4 Adults. The event was presented by the Columbus International Film + Video Festival and Brothers Drake Meadery and took place at the Canzani Center on the Columbus College of Art & Design campus.

The following 2011 Media Arts Fellowship recipients were chosen from 39 applicants: Matt Meindl ($3,000), Tom Hayes ($1,000) and John Whitney ($1,000). Awards were based on the artistic merit of the work submitted. Click here to read full bios and more.


On November 22 GCAC and JPMorgan Chase Foundation announced the first round of grant recipients for the Chase 200Columbus Neighborhood Grant program. Fourteen projects throughout Columbus were funded totaling $90,000. Twenty-two applications were received. The second and final deadline for the program is February 15 and $110,000 remains to be distributed. Award winning grants help fulfill the mission of the Bicentennial of honoring the past, celebrating the present, and envisioning the future.  Click here to read more.


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 December:

• December 8, noon-1 p.m. – GCAC Project Support Grant Application Ins and Outs

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


Be a part of one of the nation's top fine arts and craft festivals.  Applications for local, national and international artists, as well as local emerging artists who are new to exhibiting at arts festivals can apply.  Music performance, poetry, street performer, food vendor applications and more are also available.  Don't wait - the submission deadline is January 13!  Click here to find out more and to apply.


2012 Hip Hop Literacies Conference 2012 to be Held at OSU: Call for Proposals/Papers/Performances

The 2012 Hiphop Literacies conference is designed to explore Hiphop as a site of knowledge formation, identity construction and learning. Various global Hiphop cultures have emerged as a response to numerous socioeconomic, political, and cultural factors influencing new youth identity formations so extensively that its methodology is now an important area of cross- and inter-disciplinary study. The diverse elements of Hiphop that have emerged from youth starting in the 70s have changed the ways we think about how identities are defined in social contexts. Click here to learn more about the call for papers/proposals/performances.


The Cleveland Institute of Art has announced a $5 million grant from the George Gund Foundation and the family of the late George Gund II in support of a $66 million campus modernization and unification project. The grant, which brings to $10 million the total amount committed by the foundation and the Gund family to the college's capital campaign, will support the second phase of the project.  Scheduled to begin in 2012, phase two will include construction of a new building that features a gallery for student and alumni work, an auditorium that will serve as the new home of the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque film program, and a three-story atrium that connects the two buildings.  Philanthropy News Digest, 11/8/11



Student Zulmarie Nazario, 16, attended a ceremony on November 2 at the White House where she received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama on behalf of the Fleisher Art Memorial. The prestigious award is for Fleisher’s work to develop learning and life skills in young people through the arts and creative experience. Nazario is one of many students who participate in Fleisher’s after school program in which a number of activities help young people explore their artistic and creative abilities.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, "Nazario is a testament to the power of arts education. She has been painting and drawing at the Fleisher Art Memorial just about every week since she came here from Puerto Rico three years ago. 'I feel like a totally different person when I come to Fleisher,' said Zulmarie. 'It allows me to express my feelings and not be afraid of being judged or self-conscious.'

Fleisher, a nonprofit community arts center in South Philadelphia, is one of only 12 arts organizations selected for the awards out of 471 nominated nationwide. The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program is part of a national initiative to celebrate the creativity of America's young people and to support after-school and out-of-school programs that open new pathways to self-discovery and academic success.

Zulmarie participates in Fleisher's Teen Lounge, a free after-school program that gives teenagers a chance to pursue projects of their own choosing while being guided by local professional artists. With access to Fleisher's studios and art materials, Zulmarie creates detailed abstract drawings that reflect her perspective on the world around her. She also takes part in a wide variety of other art projects, ranging from fabric sculptures to stop-motion animation.

Romney Plan Would Enact 'Deep' Cuts for Arts, Humanities Endowments

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wrote the following as part of an editorial in the USA Today: "I spent much of my 25-year career in the private sector turning around failing enterprises...But I have never seen an enterprise as large, as poorly led, and as badly in need of a turnaround as our federal government...There are three ways to reduce spending, which combined, will achieve a fiscal turnaround of this size. First, eliminate every government program that is not absolutely essential. There are many things government does that we may like but that we do not need. The test should be this: 'Is this program so critical that it is worth borrowing money to pay for it?' The federal government should stop doing things we don't need or can't afford. For example: Repeal ObamaCare, which would save $95 billion in 2016; Eliminate subsidies for the unprofitable Amtrak, saving $1.6 billion a year; Enact deep reductions in the subsidies for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Legal Services Corporation."  USA Today, 11/3/11

New York: History Museums, Historic Sites Exhibiting Signs of Struggle

"In an effort to boost numbers of visitors, museum and historical sites around the country are searching for new ways to update old exhibits amid a time of economic uncertainty and declining support for museums in general and history museums in particular...Updating exhibits often is one way to attract more visitors, but it's expensive, especially for smaller museums and lesser-known historic sites...The problem is particularly felt by history-related museums, which make up about 40 percent of the nation's 17,500 museums of all genres. Some 850 million visits are made to American museums each year, part of the $192 billion spent each year on cultural tourism in the U.S. Even with all those visitors and all that money being spent, many history museums are struggling." Associated Press, 11/6/11

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Off the Wall:  Ohio Art League
Presented by McConnell Arts Center
Through January 8

Holiday Pops
Presented by Columbus Symphony
December 2-4

Old Folks Own, A Play by Is Said
Presented by New Harvest Cafe & Urban Arts Center
December 2-11

Yelp in Toyland (to Benefit CD102.5 for the Kids)
Presented by Camelot Wine Cellars
December 3

Joy!  Home is Where the Hearth Is
Presented by Columbus Gay Men's Chorus
December 9-11

Columbus Commons Holiday Fair
Presented by Columbus Commons
December 16-18

Convergence: Works by Julie Friedman
Presented by Cultural Arts Center
Through December 24

Forties Yuletide Frolics
Presented by Mayhem & Mystery
Through December 29