GCAC President Milt Baughman Announces Retirement, Tom Katzenmeyer Named Successor

GCAC has announced that President Milt Baughman will retire later this year. He will be succeeded by Tom Katzenmeyer, currently Senior Vice President, University Communications at The Ohio State University.

Baughman, who has led GCAC since mid-2009, expanded programs and support for arts and cultural organizations and individual artists, and played an active role during the City’s FRAC (Financial Review and Advisory Committee) analysis, demonstrating the importance of arts and culture to the economic development and competitiveness of Central Ohio. His accomplishments are many, including overseeing the updating of the organization’s grant-making process, which increased funding for small and large organizations, and overseeing GCAC during the 50th anniversary of the Columbus Arts Festival and its return to the Scioto Mile in 2012, where it achieved a record net income. To read more about this and other news visit GCAC’s press room. Follow this link to GCAC's press room to read more.

GCAC Board Member, Tyson, chosen for leadership position with National League of Cities

GCAC board member and Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla R. Tyson, chair of the Finance, Health and Human Services, and Workforce Development Committees, was appointed vice-chair of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Community and Economic Development Steering Committee by NLC President Mayor Marie Rogers-Lopez at the Congress of Cities and Exposition in Boston.

“America’s cities and towns need a strong voice in Washington,” said Councilmember Tyson. “The National League of Cities is an invaluable resource for communities like Columbus, and I am eager to continue my leadership role with the Community and Economic Development Steering Committee.”

The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance. The NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns, and villages. The Community and Economic Development Steering Committee is one of several policy and advocacy committees that develop national municipal policy positions for the National League of Cities. These positions form the basis for NLC's advocacy on matters of interest to municipal governments before Congress, the courts, and federal agencies. Follow this link to read the full story.

OPPArt (Opportunities for Artists) Workshops for February

GCAC’s OPPArt Series is a way for local artists and creative people to connect with each other and further themselves and their work through professional workshops, roundtable discussions, social events and more. Join us at our February workshops:

• February 19 – Artists in the Community –Individual Artist Support program
• February 28 – Make the most of and GCAC social media

To pre-register for this event, call or e-mail Ruby (Classen) Harper at or (614) 221-8406. Visit our Grants & Services for Artists' page to learn more about OPPArt workshops.

Columbus Arts Festival to Hold Jury Process to Select 2013 Visual Artists

The Columbus Arts Festival jury will choose the Festival artists at a two-day public meeting in February 9 and 10. Jury panelists will review nearly 1,000 artist applications from across the country to determine the more than 270 who will be invited to participate in the 2013 Columbus Arts Festival. The jurors for the 2013 Columbus Arts Festival are: Mary H. Gray, director of the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery; Sherrie Riley Hawk, owner of several successful commercial and nonprofit art galleries in Columbus; Jennifer Johnson, recently retired director of the Columbus Cultural Arts Center; Marty Kalb, an artist and professor emeritus of fine arts at Ohio Wesleyan University; and Dawson R. Kellogg, artist and professor of art at the Columbus College of Art & Design. To see full bios please visit

Local and Regional

Columbus Museum of Art Ready to Embark on Final Renovation Push

The Columbus Museum of Art is ready to start on the third and final phase of its $63 million renovation plan.

The museum brought its plans to renovate its Ross Wing and add a 50,000-square-foot expansion on its east end to the Columbus Downtown Commission for conceptual review. The commission won’t vote “for a few months,” museum spokeswoman Nancy Colvin said, but officials are planning to break ground in the late spring or early summer. Construction is expected to take two years.

The $37.6 million project is part of a larger renovation plan that dates back several years. The first phase was finished in 2009, when a small building once used as an art school was repurposed for office space. About 85 percent of the museum’s employees moved out of the museum and into that building. The museum then took the wraps off its second phase, the renovation of its historic Broad Street main building, in January 2011. Follow this link to read the full story.

Columbus Named as Only U.S. City among 7 Smartest Cities in the World

The Intelligent Communities Forum announced its annual list of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities of the Year, and Columbus is the only U.S. city on the list. With an economically and racially diverse population, the city trails the US average in terms of per capita income, but has America’s highest concentration of Fortune 1000 companies per capita. Being the state capital has helped but the success of Columbus has been forged through collaboration among city government, academic institutions, businesses and nonprofits.

Much of this year’s nomination focused on workforce development efforts in the region to build a knowledge workforce capable of competing in a 21st century economy. Programs from Columbus State Community College, Battelle’s STEM education and workforce development networks, Metro High School, the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the newly launched Per Scholars were just a few of the initiatives included in the city’s nomination response. In addition, the ICF judges intelligent communities based on accessibility to broadband, digital inclusion and innovation.

Columbus will now go on to compete for honors as the Intelligent Community of the Year for 2013 which will be announced in June as part of the ICF’s annual meeting in New York City.For complete details on the ICF and the full list of the Top 7 for 2013, visit

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education Accepting Applications for Teaching Artists; Deadline February 8, 2013

The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is currently accepting applications from teaching artists interested in joining the Artists-in-Schools roster. This program gives schools access to a diverse array of creative professionals who have developed workshops, assemblies and residency programs appropriate for educational venues. For an application, contact Oulanje Regan at 614-224-2809 or For more information about this opportunity visit

Thurber House Announces 2013 Children’s Writer-in-Residence

Thurber House has announced the 2013 Children’s Writer-in-Residence, Jane Kelley, of Brooklyn, New York, who will be in residence the summer of 2013.  Begun in 2001, the Thurber House residency in children’s literature offers writers/illustrators of middle-grade books a month-long stay in the private apartment on the third floor of Thurber House. The residency is made possible through the generous support of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, who has been its exclusive sponsor. With submissions from writers coast to coast, the resident chosen has a unique opportunity to work on his/her writing while also engaged in teaching a Thurber House Summer Writing Camp class as well as at a variety of community settings, including libraries. For more information about this event and other Thurber House programs, visit

Central Ohio Symphony Receives Getty Grant for Groundbreaking Collaboration

What does the Central Ohio Symphony have in common with the Los Angeles, Detroit, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and St. Louis symphonies? Along with those groups, it was one of only 22 orchestras nationwide to receive a community investment grant from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the League of American Orchestras in the inaugural year of the grant. No other community the size of Delaware or symphony the size of the Central Ohio Symphony was in the first round of grantees.

The Symphony was awarded a grant of $16,000 for its proposal to establish a therapeutic drumming program in collaboration with the Delaware County Juvenile Court and Maryhaven, a mental health and recovery services provider in central Ohio. The drumming program will be integrated into the Court’s specialized docket for juvenile offenders suffering from mental illness and/or drug and alcohol disorders. The innovative proposal, believed to be the only type of its kind nationwide, was the vision of Symphony Executive Director Warren W. Hyer, who is also a professional percussionist.

“This was a chance for the Symphony to engage in a groundbreaking collaboration with our juvenile court and Maryhaven, an established and respected treatment provider,” explained Hyer. “We see this program as an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of young people and the community.” To learn more about, vist Central Ohio Symphony's website.

CAPA Appoints Denise Rehg as Vice President of Development

CAPA announced the appointment of Denise Rehg as Vice President of Development. She will oversee the development needs for CAPA and all its shared service partners. Rehg comes from the United Way of Central Ohio where she served as Senior Assistant Vice President of Leadership and Major Gifts, leading the Leadership Giving Department. “Denise’s extensive fundraising experience and passion for the arts will be of great benefit to CAPA and the arts organizations it serves,” stated Michael Petrecca, CAPA Board Chair. “We enthusiastically welcome her to the CAPA family, and look forward to the impact she will have on the future of the arts in Columbus.” To learn more about CAPA and see their upcoming schedules of performances, visit

Rochester Contemporary Art Center Calls for Ohio Artists; Deadline April 21, 2013

Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s (RoCo) international small art phenomenon, 6x6 Online Gallery,  returns with thousands of original artworks, made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, college students and youth. Each artwork must be 6x6 square inches (15cm) or mounted to a 6x6 board, and signed only on the back, to be exhibited anonymously. All entries will be accepted, exhibited and will be for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit RoCo. Artists’ names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks remain on display through July 14. The 6x6x2013 Online Gallery will be available for previewing on May 24 and global online purchasing will begin June 4 at 10 a.m. For more information about this event, visit

National and International

Vans Custom Culture Art Competition Offers $50K for School Art Programs; Deadline February 11, 2013

Americans for the Arts is proud to announce the fourth annual Vans Custom Culture art competition. This opportunity is open to the first 1,500 U.S.-based public or private high schools that register to compete. Each art class will receive four pairs of blank canvas Vans shoes to design their own creations around four themes: Action Sports, Music, Art and Local Flavor. Teachers will upload photos of their students' finished shoes via the Vans Custom Culture website, then an internal selection and external public vote will whittle the entries down to a group of five finalists who will travel to New York City for the Vans Custom Culture final event in June 2013. The top school will receive $50,000 for their visual arts program and the chance to have their shoes produced and sold in Vans stores. For more information, please contact Arts Education Program Manager Kristen Engebretsen at or visit

Partial Cliff Deal Contains Mixed News for Nonprofits

Congress averted sweeping tax rate hikes for 98 percent of Americans by passing the American Taxpayer Relief Act which was quickly signed into law by President Obama. The eleventh-hour compromise holds current rates for individuals making $400,000 and families earning $450,000. Previously rumored changes to capping the value of charitable deductions to charities like those for nonprofit arts organizations were not included in this round of the legislation. The legislation did extend the IRA Charitable Rollover, allowing tax-free gifts to charity from retirement accounts. However, the Pease limitation was reinstated and lowers the overall value of all itemized deductions for certain gross income levels. This partial resolution leaves many fiscal cliff issues unsettled. Americans for the Arts continues to work with the wider charitable community to preserve charitable giving incentives during the ongoing deliberations. For more information on the fiscal cliff and tax policy, visit AFTA's

TEDTalks On Broadway: What Is The Best Live Theater Can Be?

Before long plane flights, Thomas Schumacher likes to download talks from some of the world's brightest and creative minds speaking at TED conferences, watching them on his iPad while thousands of feet in the air.

"I marvel at the range of stuff. I like the passion of the speakers and love the content," says the president of the Disney Theatrical Group about the various conferences dedicated to technology, entertainment and design. "I am a giant TED freak." The downloader will become the downloaded after Monday when Schumacher joins more than a dozen speakers for the second TEDxBroadway conference at the off-Broadway complex New World Stages.

The one-day event is bringing together more than a dozen producers, marketers, entrepreneurs, academics, economists and artists. All will try to answer the question: "What is the best Broadway can be?" To read more visit the Huffington Post’s Arts & Culture page.

To learn more about TEDx Columbus and the events happening in Columbus, vist

A scene from La Boheme presented by CityMusic

The Essential Elijah Pierce
Presented by Columbus Museum of Art
Through February 16, 2013

"Deadly Dancing"
Presented by Mayhem & Mystery
Through February 26, 2013

Lunch, laugh and learn at the Cultural Arts Center's Conversations & Coffee
Presented by Cultural Arts Center
Through March 28, 2013

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Presented by Columbus Children's Theatre
February 7, 2013 - Feb 24, 2013

Byron Stripling's "Offstage at the Jazz Academy"
Presented by Jazz Arts Group
February 9, 2013

La Boheme
Presented by CityMusic
February 10, 2013

Shall We Dance?
Presented by New Albany Symphony Orchestra
February 10, 2013

Jukebox the Ghost
Presented by Wexner Center for the Arts
February 14, 2013

2013 Hip Hop Literacies Conference
Presented by King Arts Complex
February 16, 2013

Ordinary Days
Presented by Short North Stage
February 21, 2013 - March 10, 2013

Recorder Virtuosa
Presented by ProMusica Chamber Orchestra
February 24, 2013