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.


In December, GCAC awarded a total of $9,550 to nine organizations in its third round of grants for the 2011 Franklin County Neighborhood Arts (FCNA) program, an initiative designed to increase community participation in the arts throughout Franklin County. In 2011, GCAC awarded a total of $27,600 to 30 organizations. FCNA assists traditional arts organizations as well as amateur and avocational groups, civic and neighborhood associations, guilds, social service, youth-centered and community groups with specific arts projects in all disciplines, provided they are offered to the public. Programming that provides access to the arts for people of all cultural backgrounds, economic status, sexual orientation, age and physical ability receives priority consideration. FCNA is funded by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners. Each year, GCAC awards three rounds of grants as part of the program. Click here to read a full list of FCNA recipients and amounts awarded.

OPPART Workshops Coming Up

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 January and early February:

• January 19 – GCAC’s Operating Support Program – What’s New/Changed for 2012?

• January 26 – GCAC’s B.O.O.S.T. Program – How can we help you?

• February 2 –Artists in the Community – Individual Artist Support program

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

Local and Regional

Fundraiser for Upper Arlington Arts

UA Arts, an important contributor to the Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Division, is seeking donations their upcoming UA Arts Online Auction open for bidding March 5 through March 25, 2012 on The goal this year is to raise $10,000 to support UA Arts, contributor to the Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Division programs and scholarships.  Local and national businesses, artists or individuals interested in donating items to the auction may contact UA Arts Treasurer Diane Maute at or contact the Cultural Arts Division at or 614-583-5310 by February 17, 2012. Donated items are tax deductible and can include artwork, tickets, VIP experiences, business services, gift certificates, travel packages and more. For more information, visit the UA Arts Web site at

New Home for Phoenix Rising!

Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative has moved to a new, bigger, better studio space at 243 North Fifth St. Suite 140 Columbus, OH 43215. This wonderful opportunity is a result of the success of their March fundraiser, Art Under Pressure.  After much searching and planning, Phoenix Rising has found our new home that will better suit their needs and those of the people they serve. Once the co-op members have settled in and set the studio into working order, Phoenix will host an Open House and invite the public to visit the new facility.  For more information visit their Web site at

Ohio Art League Call for Member Artist Proposals

The Ohio Art League calls for proposals for their  Member Curated Exhibition, deadline January 17, 2012. The Ohio Art League presents Member Curated Exhibitions (MCE's) on a monthly basis at the OAL Gallery, 1552 North High Street in the South Campus Gateway. Artists and curators are invited to submit exhibition proposals to be reviewed by a committee of OAL members. Accepted show proposals will be booked for May 2012 and beyond. All members of the Ohio Art League are encouraged to attend the Review. Members in attendance will vote on the submitted proposals.  For more info on becoming a member of the Ohio Art League, visit

2012 Ohio Dance Festival and Conference

As a moving art, dance is constantly changing with the times while exploring the legacy contemporary dance is now creating. From April 27-29 2012, Co-sponsored by OhioDance and BalletMet Columbus will be filled with master classes in contemporary, ballet, jazz, historical, world, and social dance forms and panel discussions addressing current dance trends. The event will be conducted by dance professionals from universities and colleges plus a professional audition and a Wellness and Your Future in Dance Day, along with session presenters. Registration fees apply; interested applicants can check the Web site for more information at, contact, or call 614-224-2913. Deadline submissions are January 12, 2012.

National and International

New Report Released by University of Chicago about Teaching Artists

NORC at the University of Chicago has released a landmark report on a three-year study of teaching artists (TAs)-artists who make teaching a part of their professional practice. Teaching Artists and the Future of Education found that their work is critical to the future of arts education and to improving the quality of schools. TAs have been major providers of arts education in community settings for over a century. In the process they have made significant contributions to making schools better places for students to learn and grow. Other studies have provided strong evidence that arts education has powerful positive effects on student achievement and outcomes. NORC's new study offers hope to schools struggling to preserve arts education programs and to policy-makers searching for effective education strategies to improve schools.

For more on the Teaching Artists Research Project, visit or please contact Nick Rabkin of NORC.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Announces USArtists International 2012 First Round Grants

In November of 2011, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announced the first round of grant awards for the 2012 year of USArtists International (USAI). USAI ensures that the impressive ranges of U.S. performing arts are represented abroad, and that the creative and professional development of American artists is enhanced through participation at significant international festivals and engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities.  Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation will grant awards totaling $73,380 to 12 theater, dance, and music ensembles and solo artists. All together, the grantees will perform at 11 different festivals in nine countries over four continents, including Argentina, Australia, China, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.  The grantees span a wide variety of performing genres and styles and range. More information can be found on their Web site at USAI is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

European Union Unveils Arts Funding Plan

The European Commission has proposed the world’s largest-ever cultural funding program under the title Creative Europe. The initiative, which would disperse a projected €1.8 billion ($2.4 billion) between 2014 and 2020, represents a 35 percent increase in European Union expenditures on culture, and is part of a larger Pan-European goal to stimulate the economy through cultural enterprise.  Culture and media have drawn great attention on the aging continent as a robust sector in which they can prosper. This marks a stark ideological gap between the E.U.’s policymakers and the United States funding for the arts to balance the budget and improve the economy.  While approximately half of the funds will be allocated to the film industry, €500 million ($670 million) will be targeted directly toward promoting the visual and performing arts, with an estimated 300,000 artists to receive funding of some kind for cultural projects across the continent. Click here to continue reading.

Harlem Gospel Choir, courtesy of CAPA.

Grand Illumination
Presented by Columbus Recreation & Parks Dept.
Through January 15

A Course in Film Acting
Presented by Route 40 Classes
Through January 24, 2012

Columbus Views
Presented by the Columbus Museum of Art
Through March 11, 2012

Mozart & Brahms
Presented by the Columbus Symphony
January 6-7, 2012

MLK Day Open House
Presented by King Arts Complex
January 16, 2012

Ten Cents a Dance
Presented by Columbus Dance Theatre
January 20, 2012

Happy Year of the Dragon!
Presented by ProMusica
January 21-22, 2012

Harlem Gospel Choir
Presented by CAPA
January 26, 2012