The Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees has approved 24 grants totaling $2,440,000 in Operating Support, funds which GCAC receives from the City of Columbus through the hotel motel bed tax.

“Operating Support is GCAC’s largest pool of grant funds and we are pleased to be in a position to increase funding over last year’s level,” said Milt Baughman, President of GCAC. “These important cultural organizations serve as the foundation for access to the arts in our community and public support is critical to helping their programs stay accessible to everyone.” Visit to read the full press release with the list of grantees and amounts awarded.


The Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project (CAP-UP), a series of installation window displays by area artists, has chosen the artists who will participate in the project this fall. The project is a partnership between the GCAC and the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID). Submitting artists were challenged to celebrate the city’s Bicentennial as well as the area’s diverse character for the benefit of its residents, visitors and businesses. Selected artists took inspiration from 200Columbus, the city’s Bicentennial, either through a look toward the future of innovation and design, or a glimpse into the history of what has made Columbus great. Each artist, or collaboration of artists, receives $1,000 and a $250 materials fee. The windows will be installed the week of September 17-22 and the unveiling of the windows will be celebrated by a public reception in September. A website and walking tour map will be developed to guide the public with the goal that the window displays will help sustain and promote the prosperity of downtown and encourage the community to explore the exhibits.  View the full press release to find out more about the participating artists and locations of the installations.

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 July:

To pre-register for any event or for more information, call or e-mail Ruby (Classen) Harper at or (614) 221-8406.


PNC Awards $500,000 In Grants To Innovative Arts Organizations In Central Ohio

On June 6, PNC announced that 13 local art organizations would receive over half a million dollars as a part of their PNC Arts Alive initiative. Recipients of the grants include CAPA, Carpe Diem String Quartet, CATCO-Phoenix, Columbus Dance Theater, Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, Columbus Museum of Art, Opera Columbus, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Delaware County Cultural Arts Center, Decorative Arts Center, New Albany Symphony, Mad River Theater Works, and the Zanesville Museum of Art. To read more, view the website.

200Columbus Song Contest Finalists to Perform July 5

The Celebrate Columbus in Song CD went on sale earlier this month (buy your copy here), but on July 5, you'll have the chance to hear many of the CD artists perform live!  Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District will "celebrate Columbus in song" as part of their 200Columbus festivities on July 5 at 6 p.m. at Columbus Commons' Bicentennial Pavilion. The free concert will be part of CCSID's Downtown Live! Concert Series and will feature finalists from the Celebrate Columbus in Song contest. The full list of performers can be found here.   Bands will perform back-to-back sets playing original songs that capture the spirit of Columbus. This will be the first time that contest finalists share the stage. Celebrate Columbus in Song is a chance to experience the richness of Columbus' local talent.

Call for Donations for the 11th Annual Volatility Festival

MadLab is asking for artists to make donations for the 11th annual Volatility Festival. "Any pieces you would care to donate would be most appreciated," The MadLab Gallery Committee has said. You may send MadLab an email about your request, visit the Facebook event, or just drop your art off at the gallery on Saturday July 21 from 12:30 til 3:00 that afternoon. If this is not a good time, let MadLab know and they can set up an alternate drop off for you.

Glen Echo Park Soon To Be Beautified With Bird Mural

Mike McLaughlin, president of the Lower Olentangy Urban Arboretum, contacted Eliza Ho and Tim Lai of Tim Lai ArchitecT earlier this year with plans to design a mural for the Indianola bridge underpass over Glen Echo Ravine. This mural will help to get rid of the graffiti on the bridge. This Ohio Birds Mural project also received $2,700 in grants from 200Columbus as well as the Greater Columbus Arts Council. For more information, read the article on


Picasso Painting Vandalized at Houston Museum

Pablo Picasso’s painting, Woman in a Red Armchair, was vandalized by a man who was filmed on both security and cellphone video. The vandal covered the painting in gold spray paint and wrote the word 'conquista', then proceeded to flee the museum. The museum immediately began to repair the painting and "has an excellent prognosis," according to the museum spokesman.  To read more, visit the abcnews blog.

Music evolution: Is this the end of the composer?

Armand Leroi from Imperial College London believes that music may not need a composer, and that it is evolving and continuously changing. Leroi believes that music can change through a Darwinian process, and has tested this theory.  A program was created to start with two loops of noise, and then to generate new musical creations from these loops until about 3,000 generations of loops were created from the originals. Read the full BBC news article here.