GCAC applauds Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City Council President Andrew J. Ginther and the city’s leadership for increasing public funding for Columbus’ arts and cultural organizations, and recognizing the important role they play in the economic vitality of the City. Under the 2013 budget plan released yesterday by Mayor Coleman, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, along with tourism and human services sector, will receive additional funds from the bed tax which has historically supported the three sectors. Click HERE for further information.


Columbus artist Kojo Kamau will receive the $10,000 fellowship named in memory of former GCAC President Raymond J. Hanley, the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Arts Endowment. An anonymous panel of judges, along with the trustees of the Columbus Arts Endowment, chose Kamau as the fourth recipient of the Raymond J. Hanley Fellowship, an award for an individual artist who has demonstrated an unusual level of achievement while working for at least five years in the visual arts, performing arts, literary arts or any other arts discipline. Fellowship money is awarded to the recipient without restriction, so the artist can use it to further his or her career as needed. The fellowship is administered by GCAC and supported through the Hanley Arts Fund of the Columbus Arts Endowment, created upon Hanley’s death in 2006. Follow this link to read the full press release.


The Columbus Arts Festival is recognized as one of the top visual arts festivals in the country. The Artists' Market consists of hundreds of juried artists from across the United States, as well as a few international artists. Quality food and beverages, hands-on arts activities for the entire family, exhibitions of local student artwork, and great live music round out Columbus' favorite outdoor summer event. Approximately 400,000 people attend each year. Applications for local, national and international artists, as well as local emerging artists who are new to exhibiting at arts festivals can now apply. The submission deadline for artists is January 13. Food vendor, poet and caricature artist applications are also now available.  Click HERE to apply.  The application for performers is also now open - follow this link to apply online

Local and Regional

Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project Window Installations On Display Through January 31

The Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project (CAP-UP), a series of installation window displays by area artists will be up through the end of the year. The project is a partnership between GCAC and the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID). Due to the space being leased earlier than expected at the Capitol Square Shops, Beth Himsworth's Confluence has been de-installed and Corey Aumiller and Dan Gerdeman's Time Tunnel has moved to 20 E. Broad Street (as of Saturday, Dec. 1). Learn More at

In Pursuit of the Female Philanthropists

The local United Way groups have grown into 137 Women’s Leadership Councils that have raised $985 million in 12 years. The wider philanthropy world, too, is discovering the differences between men and women. A half-dozen studies have been published in the last two years — the first systematic research into gender and philanthropy — revealing that women generally donate more, are more actively involved in the given charities, demand more proof of effectiveness and prefer somewhat different causes than men. Find out more at

National and International

Toyota and World Up Join Forces to Empower Youth Through Hip-Hop, Technology and Education

Toyota and New York City's World Up have come together in a new fundraising effort to empower youth in New York City and beyond through the power of hip-hop, technology and education. From November 12 through November 18, World Up and Toyota invite everyone to take to Twitter and Instagram to lend their voice to the #ToyotaGiving movement and help raise funds to support World Up's programs. Find out more at Toyota/WorldUp!

Rocco Landesman's Retirement

Rocco Landesman has confirmed his plans to step down as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts at the end of 2012 Upon this announcement, Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch released the following statement: We at Americans for the Arts greatly admire Rocco and the work he has been able to accomplish during his tenure as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. More information at

NYFA Emergency Relief Fund Application

The Andy Warhol Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Lambent Foundation (a project of the Tides Center) have established an Emergency Relief Fund, administered by NYFA to assist artists with damages and losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Eligible artists can be working in any discipline and reside in Connecticut, New Jersey or New York. Visit for more information and application

Shop and Support the Global Alliance for Arts & Health

As you do your holiday shopping, remember that the Global Alliance for Arts & Health is a proud member of the Amazon Affiliates program. You can support the Global Alliance for Arts & Health every time you shop on Amazon - simply start your shopping from our homepage, where you'll find a link to Amazon. Up to 5% of all your purchases will be donated back to the Global Alliance. Visit the Global Aliance for the Arts & Health and start shopping

PNC in St. Louis Announces $1M, Four-year Extension for PNC Arts Alive

PNC in St. Louis announced this week a $1 million, four-year extension for PNC Arts Alive, an innovative program supporting visual and performing arts in the St. Louis area with a focus on increasing audience participation and engagement. First launched in 2010, PNC Arts Alive has provided 37 grants totaling $1 million to St. Louis area arts organizations. The program has earned local and national commendations from the Missouri Arts Council, the Arts and Education Council in St. Louis, and Americans for the Arts in New York City. In Columbus, the PNC Arts Alive program is concluding the second year of its three-year $1.5 million initiative that will provide 39 grants to organizations throughout Central Ohio. Check out the GCAC website in the upcoming days to learn about more potentially good news coming to Columbus.