Columbus Arts Festival Artist Relief Fund

A number of Columbus Arts Festival artists suffered major losses to tents, displays and artwork during a severe microburst storm with damaging winds and hail at last month’s festival. GCAC immediately set up an Artist Relief Fund with an initial $1,000 contribution and donations started pouring in. Festival and arts supporters, fellow exhibiting artists, Festival sponsors, local organizations, a West Virginia arts council and artists and individuals from around the country who heard about the storm have helped to raise more than $9,000.


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 July:

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


Columbus City Council's Emergency Funding Rescues South Side Settlement House

The South Side Settlement House will receive a $50,000 infusion from the city to keep the 112-year-old lifeline facility to poor residents open through Labor Day.  In the meantime, the settlement house's board, the United Way of Central Ohio, the Columbus Foundation and others will work to determine a long-term plan for the agency.

The Columbus City Council approved the emergency legislation late last month, four days after officials at the settlement house said they were suspending operations because they had run out of money.

The United Way will oversee the spending of the $50,000, which will pay for a summer youth program for 60 children, free lunches and a food pantry, a senior transportation program and clothes for needy residents. 

South Side’s summer youth offerings will include GCAC’s Art in the House program for kids ages 5-11, a partnership that has been in place since 2008. “The families and staff of South Side Settlement House are wonderful to work and interact with,” says Tim Katz, director of GCAC’s community arts education programs. “We’re extremely pleased to be able to continue the Art in the House program, along with our partner, TRANSIT ARTS (a teen program for youth ages 12-21), at South Side to help serve what is a very real need in that neighborhood.” GCAC’s Art in the House program is offered free to the settlements through the generous support of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, the AEP Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council and numerous other partnerships.

Click here to read the full article from The Columbus Dispatch.

Madlab Theatre:  Call for Central Ohio High School Playwrights

MadLab Theatre is seeking central Ohio high school playwrights for its inaugural High School Playwrights Roulette to be presented next March as part of its 2012 theatre season.  MadLab will select 10 participants. Once the scripts have been selected, the high school playwrights will work with locally produced adult playwrights in workshops to help develop and revise the scripts. If you are an interested playwright or teacher of a potential playwright please contact Michelle Batt at for submission guidelines. Deadline for submissions is Monday, August 1.

Columbus Museum of Art to Offer Free Admission July & August

Join the Columbus Museum of Art for Summer Fun presented by PNC Arts Alive for free admission in July and August. Experience the CMA's world-class collection and dynamic Center for Creativity including the hands-on Wonder Room.


In 2006, Cuyahoga County, OH voters approved a 10-year cigarette tax to support local arts and culture. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the public entity established to administer the tax dollars, reports that at the halfway mark, it has granted nearly $65 million dollars to more than 150 local arts and culture organizations. While other regions throughout Ohio and the United States have been forced to make large cuts to their public support for arts and culture programming, Cuyahoga County’s nonprofit arts community has benefitted from one of the nation’s strongest sources of dedicated public funding. In turn, this public investment has had a significant, positive impact on the region. Click here to read full article.

Oberlin Conservatory of Music Appoints Jiménez Director of Orchestras

Acclaimed conductor Raphael Jiménez has been appointed Director of Orchestras at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Recognized for his diverse and eclectic programming, and for inspiring students and professionals alike with his passion for music, Jiménez is “a musician of tremendous depth and ability,” says Dean of the Conservatory David H. Stull.

“His capacity to mentor young musicians and offer a highly sophisticated interpretation of challenging repertoire is extraordinary,” Stull adds. “We are honored to bring him to Oberlin and I look forward to his brilliant leadership of the orchestral program.”


Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Released on Bail

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei waves from the entrance of his studio in Beijing after being released on bail. The highest-profile anti-government critic arrested during a months-long crackdown on activists was released on bail late Wednesday and allowed to return home. Click here to read full article.


A survey conducted by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) found that although the median of philanthropic gifts from corporations remained largely the same from the previous year, the total amount of giving increased by almost 18 percent in 2010. The report gathered data from 184 companies and found that 65 percent of companies increased their donations in the past fiscal year, 40 percent of those companies noting increases of 10 percent and higher. The study also reported that 53 percent of companies gave more in 2010 than they gave in 2007, before the economic crisis. Click here to read the full article in the Philanthropy News Digest.


In May, “Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act” (HR 1891) was introduced for the purpose of eliminating 43 existing federal education programs, including Arts in Education, within the U.S. Department of Education. On May 25, the House Education & Workforce Committee approved HR 1891 by a party-line vote of 23 Republicans to 16 Democrats. The full House of Representatives may vote on HR 1891 prior to their August congressional recess. Americans for the Arts is calling on all members to take action and send a customizable message to their member of Congress opposing this elimination. For further information, please contact associate director of Federal Affairs Gladstone Payton at

United Nations declares Internet Access a human right

the UN has declared the Internet a human right. A recent report titled "Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression" declares that Internet access falls under freedom of expression. Click here to read the full article.

Jazz & Rib Fest, courtesy of Columbus Recreation and Parks.

DAC Sundays at Scioto Concert Series
Presented by Dublin Arts Council
Through July 24, 2011

Walking Tour of Downtown Columbus
Presented by Capital City Tours
Through August 20, 2011

Doo Dah Parade
Presented by the Doo Dah Parade
July 4, 2011

Picnic with the POTS
Presented by the Cultural Arts Center
July 9, 2011

National Treasures:  History in the Making
Presented by Ohio Designer Craftsmen
July 10-August 21, 2011

Gardening & Arts Festival
Presented by Scioto Gardens
July 16, 2011

JazZoo!:  Rhapsody in Zoo - A Gershwin Celebration feating Bobby Floyd
Presented by Jazz Arts Group
July 22, 2011

Jazz & Rib Fest
Presented by Jazz & Rib Fest
July 22-24, 2011

Lazy Daze of Summer Festival
Presented by Grandview Heights Public Library
July 23, 2011