Deadline for Franklin County Neighborhood Arts Program Grant Fast Approaching

The Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program offers grants of up to $2,000 for community groups and organizations whose art projects are promoted and made available to the general public.  All interested parties have until February 28 to apply.

Click here for guidelines, eligibility requirements and grant terms.


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 February:

For more information on locations or to pre-register for any event, contact Ruby Classen, Grants & Services manager, at or 614-221-8406.

Artists-In-Schools Artists Help History Come to Life at the Ohio Statehouse

Join the founders of the partnership of dynamic storytellers, We’ve Known Rivers, at the Ohio Statehouse every Tuesday at noon during the month of February as part of the Living History Programs, celebrating Black History Month.  Annette Jefferson and Anthony Gibbs, both part of GCAC’s Artists-In-Schools program, are slated to perform.  For more information, visit the Ohio Statehouse Web site.

Columbus Arts Festival Announces Print Competition Winners

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Columbus Arts Festival hosted a commemorative print art competition this past month. After a public vote at, Columbus artist Amy Neiwirth was selected the winner and awarded $1,000 in prize money, VIP passes to the festival and a complimentary booth space at the festival. The other nine finalists each received $100 in prize money. As the winner of the competition, Neiwirth’s piece will be reproduced and sold at the Festival, June 3-5, 2011.

Columbus Arts Festival to Hold Public Jury Process to Choose Artists for 2011, February 5 & 6

The Columbus Arts Festival jury will choose the 2011 Festival artists at a two-day public meeting Feb. 5-6 at the Westin Columbus, 310 S. High Street. The 50th Anniversary of the Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable will take place June 3, 4 & 5 in the Discovery District in downtown Columbus.

Jury panelists will review more than 1,000 artist applications from across the country to determine approximately 230 who will be invited to participate in this year’s event. The jury will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 5 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 6. To attend the jury, RSVP to Festival Director, Leah Alters at

Application Deadlines Extended for Food Vendors, Poets and More for 2011 Festival

Deadline for food vendors, poets, caricature artists and street performers  to apply to the 2011 Columbus Arts Festival have been extended to February 4.  Click here for more info on how to apply.


The Columbus Foundation Releases Columbus Arts Market Sustainability Analysis

The Columbus Foundation has released the Columbus Arts Market Sustainability Analysis, a study commissioned to assess the depth, breadth, and sustainability of the cultural sector in Columbus.

A grant from the Foundation supported the study of the cultural sector conducted by AMS Planning & Research of Fairfield, Connecticut. The study was undertaken to better understand the opportunities for the arts sector in Columbus, and how to implement a strategic vision and generate resources to help the market succeed. The AMS study built on the work of WolfBrown and their January 2010 report titled The Future of the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. AMS began their work by extending the trend analysis over a ten-year period (2000-2009) to document changes in the Columbus arts sector. Click here to read the full report.

OSU Dance Announces Establishment of Karen A. Bell Dance Fund

Family and friends of Karen A. Bell, recently retired Professor of Dance and former Dean of the College of Arts at The Ohio State University, created the Karen A. Bell Dance Fund to commemorate Bell’s 30 years of leadership and service.

The fund will be used to support local, national, or international student initiatives that help improve the lives of disadvantaged populations through dance and is managed by the Chair of the Department of Dance.

Click here to find out how you can make a donation.

Art Under Pressure: Raising Funds for Phoenix Rising

Local nonprofit printmaking cooperative, Phoenix Rising, is holding a community fundraiser next month to assist the organization in a plan to expand to a larger studio space.

Since its creation in 1998, the members of Phoenix Rising have been dedicated to the betterment of the community through art education, creative nurturing and outreach projects.

With increased studio space, Phoenix will be able to improve accessibility, accommodate a greater number of members, offer more and expanded free workshops and artist talks and develop printmaking processes not currently offered.

Join them for a fun-filled night on Friday, March 4 from 6-9 p.m. at the OSU Urban Arts Space. The evening will feature an auction, fine art print sale, printmaking demonstrations and a raffle. Food and beverages will be provided.

Columbus Symphony Seeks Nominations for 2011 Music Educator Awards

The Columbus Symphony is currently accepting nominations for their annual Music Educator Awards, honoring individuals who make a difference in our community through their dedication to music education and their efforts to promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for music education.

Three awards will be given in the categories of elementary, secondary and community education. Recipients will also receive a monetary grant to be used at their discretion in furtherance of music education endeavors.

Click here for nomination guidelines and other information. Nominations must be received by February 14 and can be mailed to MEA Nominations, Columbus Symphony, 55 E. State St.Columbus, OH 43215 or submitted via email to Jeanie Stahler at

Central Ohio Women Artists Called Upon to Submit Work for Celebratory Exhibition

Star Arts Limited is now accepting submissions from women artists across Columbus and central Ohio for its exhibition in celebration of Women’s History Month, My Time. My City. My Point of View., to be held March 19 – April 30, 2011.

Artists are permitted to submit up to three (3) works each and have until 5:00 p.m., Monday, February 21, 2011 to do so. Entrants will be notified by Monday, February 28 regarding the status of their submission(s).

For more information on submission requirements and other information, e-mail Star Arts Limited at

Art by the Falls Call to Entry Deadline Fast Approaching

Artists have until Monday, February 21 to submit works for Art by the Falls, the Valley Art Center’s yearly arts and crafts festival.

Held at scenic Riverside Park in Chagrin Falls, the nationally recognized event attracts over 110 artists from across the country and thousands of patrons each year. Come join the fun June 11-12!

Visit the Valley Art Center's Web site for submission guidelines and to enter.

Weathervane Playhouse Seeks Actors for 2011 Summer Season

Professional theatre Weathervane Playhouse of Newark is holding Regional Auditions February 25-27 for roles in their upcoming summer productions of CHICAGO, The Sound of Music, Little Shop of Horrors, The 39 Steps and BigRiver.

Weathervane is seeking actors of all ages, skill sets and character types for the various roles, including puppeteers and blue grass musicians. For more information on audition requirements and to schedule an audition, click here.

Poetry Competition Seeks Submissions

The Poetry Forum is now accepting submission for its 18th Annual William Redding Memorial Poetry Contest.

First Place will receive $100 and a featured reading in May 2011, Second Place will receive $100 in services from Pudding House Innovative Writers Programs, and Third Place will receive a gift certificate from Half-Price Books.

Entrants are limited to three (3) poems each and have until March 14 to submit their works.  Mail entries to:  The Poetry Forum, P.O. Box 784, Worthington, OH  43085. 

The Poetry Forum's current home is at the Rumba Cafe at 2507 Summit Street at Hudson Street in Columbus and presents a featured reader followed by an open mic, Mondays at 7 p.m. 


Columbus Musicians Taking Talent to Southern Showcase

When Austin, Texas hosts their annual South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival in March, some of Ohio’s best independent musicians and artists will be on-hand to share a taste of Columbus.

“We want to share the talent and the passion that defines the Columbus music scene and other arts,” added Joey Hebdo. “The best way to do that is to bring it directly to the people in Austin, leaving them with a more heightened awareness of the creativity thriving in Columbus. We're going down to Texas focused on strengthening our relationship with the national artists who will all be converging there.” The “We Are Columbus - Ohio By Southwest” event will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2011 during Austin’s world-renowned SXSW music festival. Local performers will take over the Treehouse Bar for a one-night-only event.

The “We Are Columbus” effort is volunteer-driven, with each band contributing their time to make the trip possible and local music fans helping at every step of the way with donated time, talent, equipment and funds. For more information and to see a full list of participating musicians, go to

Americans for the Arts Releases Second Annual National Arts Index Scores

Americans for the Arts released its second annual National Arts Index scores in late January and the findings aren't surprising: the 2009 Index score of 97.7 is the lowest Index score in the 12 years it measures.

While the U.S.'s flagging economy has surely presented a number of challenges for the arts, the Index does hit some resonating high notes:

To read more, click here.

Department of State Visual Arts Initiative Now Accepting Applications

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)’s visual arts initiative, smARTpower, is now accepting applications for summer and fall 2011.

The pilot program sends U.S. artists abroad to collaborate with youth and adult artists in countries such as China, Equador and Egypt on community-based projects. Artists will teach classes, conduct workshops, and participate in outreach activities to promote the program’s mission of stimulating discourse around social issues.

For more information and to apply online, click here. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2011.

Artist Erwin Redl's LED light presentation, Fetch - part of the Wexner's Six Solos exhibition

Groundhog Day at Gateway Film Center
Presented by South Campus Gateway

Magical Night at the Gallery!
Presented by Columbus Historical Society

Presented by ROY G BIV Gallery for Emerging Artists
Through 2/11/2011

Six Solos
Presented by Wexner Center for the Arts
Through 2/13/2011

Columbus Camera Click Photography Group
Presented by Wild Goose Creative
Through 2/14/2011

All Dessert Tour
Presented by Columbus Food Adventures
Through 2/19/2011

I Am My Own Wife
Presented by CATCO (Contemporary American Theatre Company)
2/2/2011 - 2/20/2011

Rory Krupp: Fluffing Reality
Presented by Dublin Arts Council
Through 2/25/2011