AEP Foundation Grants $120,000 to GCAC's Community Arts Education Program

American Electric Power Foundation announced in mid-May a $120,000 grant to GCAC’s Community Arts Education program.

“All segments of our community are undergoing continued financial strains and arts education is no exception,” said Milt Baughman, president of GCAC. “We are grateful for AEP Foundation’s generous support allowing us to restore programming that would have been significantly reduced for children and young people in our most challenged neighborhoods.”

“Through this grant, the AEP Foundation will help young people in our community continue to have creative experiences in the arts and at the same time provide local artists opportunities to share their talents and sharpen their crafts,” said Susan Tomasky, president, AEP Foundation. 

Click here to read the full press release.

GCAC Wins Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations' Standards of Excellence Award

On May 5, GCAC was recertified for the Standards for Excellence Award by OANO (Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations). GCAC received the award for the first time in 2008. The certification promotes ethical practices and accountability in nonprofit organizations. This year GCAC received two commendations from the pier reviewers:

GCAC Awards Over $2 Million in Operating Support Grants

GCAC's Board of Trustees on May 25 approved 22 grants totaling $2,246,400 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 make such a positive impact in our community, and public support is critical to helping their programs stay accessible to everyone.”

Under the grants guidelines, any nonprofit arts organization of any budget size that meets the eligibility criteria can qualify for unrestricted Operating Support funding. Applicants must demonstrate exemplary artistic achievement and significant impact on the city’s economy and tourism, as well as strong fiscal responsibility.

Click here to read see the full list of recipients and the amounts awarded.


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 workshop in June:

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



Opera Columbus has entered into a five-year management agreement, effective May 20, 2011, with the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) to provide back office services including finance, accounting, marketing, advertising, publicity, graphics, IT, ticketing, human resources, and operations functions.

"CAPA is uniquely qualified to support Opera Columbus," said Press Southworth, executive director of Opera Columbus. "With their 40 plus years of performing arts experience in Columbus, as well as their new relationship with the Columbus Symphony, Opera Columbus is in good hands.”

“We look forward to working with Opera Columbus to ensure opera continues to thrive in central Ohio,” said Michael Petrecca, CAPA Board Chair. “Opera is a vital part of our cultural fabric and it is important to provide a full range of cultural offerings to our community.”

Press Southworth will retire at the end of the 2010-11 season, and Opera Columbus artistic director William Boggs will leave after 30 years of service to the organization. Bill Conner, President and CEO of CAPA, will serve as volunteer managing director of Opera Columbus, reporting directly to its board.


The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) has named Dan Hitchcock the winner of the 2011 Hank Marr High School Jazz Award. This award demonstrates excellence in musicianship and performance among central Ohio’s young students of jazz.  Hitchcock became interested in jazz when his sixth grade piano teacher, Cynthia Adams, lent him a Glenn Miller CD. Since then, Hitchcock has been passionately studying jazz. He has been a participant in Jazz Arts Group’s Youth Jazz program for four years, starting in the Columbus Youth Jazz Workshop as a middle schooler playing guitar. Hitchcock is now a member of the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra and featured on the tenor sax.

"The playing levels of the participants seem to get better and better every year,” stated co-judge Tom Carroll. “This competition is extremely important in these times where music and arts are being cut back all across the board in public education from K-12. Keeping this American art form in the schools is extremely important to those who want to play this music as well as keeping it a part of the landscape of our communities.”

Hitchcock will receive a $500 cash award and perform as a featured guest artist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra at the JazZoo! concert in beautiful Waters Edge Park in the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, scheduled for July 22, 2011.

J. Patrick Lewis of Westerville Named Nation's Children's Poet Laureate

J. Patrick Lewis, former economics professor at Otterbein University is the nation's new children's poet laureate.  Lewis, 69, of Westerville was named to the two-year post last month by the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.

"Pat's many books bring great joy to young readers - the future of poetry," John Barr, president of the 8-year-old foundation, said in announcing the appointment. "He has profuse gifts as a poet - with wordplay, humor and technical facility - and truly loves writing for and to children."

Lewis has written more than 70 books, 55 of them poetry, including Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles and A Hippopotamusn't: And Other Animal Poems. He will receive a cash award of $25,000 and serve as a children's literature adviser to the Poetry Foundation.

Columbus Idea Foundry – Studio Space Now Available

The Columbus Idea Foundry is looking to expand and is seeking artists, individuals, businesses and entrepreneurs within the Columbus creative community to rent space with them. The Foundry has space available from 50 square feet to 5,000 square feet. Tenants who rent with them will have 24/7 access to their workshop for woodworking, welding, metal fabrication, metal casting, CNC machining, laser cutting, 3D printing, electronics + programming, blacksmithing, jewelry making, screen printing and more.

Additionally, members who join the Foundry will have the opportunity to integrate with their community of artists, engineers, fabricators, web designers, business developers and enthusiasts of all types. To join this energetic and engaging community of makers, contact Alex Bandar, director at 614-299-IDEA (4332) or go to

Columbus' 8th Annual Creative Strings Festival, June 21-26

The Creative Strings Festival is a week-long event held annually in Columbus that attracts string players and music lovers of all ages and backgrounds. From June 21-26, dazzling violinists, violists, cellists and bassists from around the world converge in Columbus to play more than 25 concerts in parks, clubs, markets, theaters and restaurants that are either free or at low cost to the public. While nearly all of the participating musicians have been classically trained, they will be playing jazz, rock, bluegrass, Latin and Eastern European styles, hip hop, avant-garde and more. Go to for more information about this year's Festival.


Governor's Veto Eliminates Kansas Arts Commission

The Governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback has vetoed the Kansas Arts Commission’s budget. According to the Kansas Citizens for the Arts, it will be almost impossible to over ride his veto. This makes Kansas the only state without a functioning state arts agency. Click here to read Americans for the Arts’ response on their blog.

PBS Launching Fall Arts Festival

According to the Associated Press, PBS plans to run arts programming on Friday nights for nine straight weeks starting in October to highlight a subject where it can offer something different, network executives said. The programming will include a special on women rock 'n' rollers, an exploration of American roots music narrated by Steve Martin called Give Me the Banjo, and the San Francisco ballet performing The Little Mermaid.  The Friday night arts festival will be a collection of new programming and PBS' Great Performances series. "Putting them all on the same night will help viewers who have had trouble finding some of the network's arts programming in the past," said PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger.

Boston's Leading Professional Theatre Company Receives $10 Million Gift

At a time when arts organizations nationwide have been struggling with shaky funding, the Huntington Theatre Company has received the largest gift in its 29-year history: $10 million in endowment funding from the Calderwood Charitable Foundation, according to The Boston Globe.  The gift doubles the size of the Huntington’s endowment. The Calderwood Charitable Foundation is making the Huntington its biggest beneficiary with this donation, aimed at providing stability for the theater, which it has long supported. Since 2002, the foundation has distributed more than $50 million among more than a dozen area nonprofits.

National Survey Shows Arts Graduates Finding Jobs, Satisfaction

According to USA Today, arts graduates are finding jobs and satisfaction. Conventional wisdom has long held that pursuing a career in the arts is a likely ticket to a life of perennial unhappiness, hunger and unemployment. But the opposite appears to be true. Graduates of arts programs are likely to find jobs and satisfaction, even if they won't necessarily get wealthy in the process, according to a new national survey of more than 13,000 alumni of 154 different arts programs.

Boeing and Arts and Education Council Fund Programs for Future Arts Leaders

The Boeing Company, in collaboration with the Arts and Education Council, has awarded $50,000 in grants ranging from $5,000-10,000 each to seven arts programs in the St. Louis area to develop and train future arts leaders. The Boeing/Arts and Education Council Collaborative Grant program is an innovative funding opportunity for organizations to create and promote a more sustainable arts and cultural environment that engage people to become lifelong arts participants, patrons and practitioners, according to a recent article by St. Louis Today.

Image:  The Wizard of Oz, courtesy of CAPA.

Upper Arlington Music in the Parks
Presented by Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Division
June 2, 2011 — August 4, 2011

Family Fun Day: Butterfly Festival
Presented by Franklin Park Conservatory
June 4, 2011

The World In Our Hands
Presented by Magpie Consort/First Congregational Church
June 4, 2011

Columbus Landmarks Foundation's City Hop Party
Presented by Columbus Landmarks Foundation
June 11, 2011

4th Annual Bexley House & Garden Tour
Presented by Bexley Women's Club
June 11 & 12, 2011

Walking Tour of Downtown Columbus
Presented by Capital City Tours
June 11, 2011 — August 20, 2011

DAC Sundays at Scioto summer concert series
Presented by Dublin Arts Council
June 12, 2011 — July 31, 2011

The Wizard of Oz
Presented by CAPA Summer Movie Series
June 17-June 19