The Greater Columbus Arts Council announced their new director for the Columbus Arts Festival on February 10. The new director, Scott Huntley, has produced numerous events for companies and organizations including Boeing, AT&T, the Boy Scouts of America and the NCAA Final Four’s Coach/Player of the Year awards. To read more, click here.
GCAC's Board of Trustees approved nine (9) grants totaling $17,040 in BOOST and Artists in the Community grants. BOOST (Broadening Organization’s Overall Skills and Technology) is a capacity-building program supporting the governance, leadership, technology and professional development needs of not-for-profit arts organizations. Grants went to projects for Columbus Children's Choir, Jazz Arts Group, OhioDance and Wild Goose Creative. Artists in the Community provides support for artists is provided through Professional Development Assistance and Supply Grants. Five individual artists were awarded grants in the first round. Click here to read the full press release. The deadline for the next round is March 5. Click here to apply.
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 March:
For more information and to RSVP, contact Ruby Harper, Grants & Services director, at email@example.com or 614-221-8406. Walk-ins welcome, space allowing.
GCAC’s Art in the House program, together with the Columbus Metropolitan Library, will present Poetry in Motion at the Main Library's Carnegie Gallery on the second floor. Children participating in the out-of-school-time Art in the House program created artwork inspired by poems from COTA’s Poetry in Motion project. The dates for the show are March 1-27. An opening reception will be held on Monday, March 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library. Reproductions of six specially selected artworks will be featured inside COTA buses starting in March.
To celebrate Columbus’ rich and talented community of musicians, 200Columbus invited local musicians to submit original songs inspired by our city for the Celebrate Columbus in Song contest. More than 120 submissions were narrowed to 29 songs by a panel of community members who considered adherence to the contest rules as well as other song characteristics including relevance, musicality and overall vibe. The musicians/bands selected will receive a cash prize of $500 and an opportunity for professional recording and production time at the WCBE-FM or Jazz Academy studios. Performance opportunities at select Columbus events and festivals during 2012 will be provided as well. Click here to cast your vote today. The deadline to vote is March 23.
The Wexner Center has created an 8-minute video to celebrate its 20th Anniversary of the Wexner Center’s Artist Residency Awards. The video includes interviews with former award recipients and commentary from the center’s staff and leadership. To read more and see the video, click here.
VSA Ohio has announced three professional development workshops that are available for artists, educators and teaching artists. Registration is required for these workshops. The workshops include How to Share Your Art With the World on March 3, The Critical Response Process on March 12, and Body to Body on May 3. The learn more and to register, click here or email Erin Hoppe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLUMBUS IN A SNAP! ART IN ARCHITECTURE: Photographers18 years or older are encouraged to submit photographs for the COLUMBUS IN A SNAP! show. The photographs should be of a Columbus landmark or historical building that is presented in an unusual, not readily identifiable, way. The show is a juried photography exhibit that will take part in celebrating Columbus’ Bicentennial. Entry deadline is March 9. To obtain a prospectus, contact Star Arts Gallery at email@example.com.
WILD GOOSE CREATIVE FOR PINCHFLAT 2012: Pinchflat is a bicycle inspired poster show where posters will be displayed and sold beginning on May 5. Posters should be created by artists in central Ohio and should encourage bike riding, celebrate the art and craft of bikes, or invite thought about bikes as an important way to get around Columbus. Submission deadline is March 15. To learn more, go to www.wildgoosecreative.com.
The Columbus Idea Foundry (CIF) is hosting a series of events starting on March 1 at the Idea Foundry. The events feature members of the CIF who will give proposals for their future collaborative projects. The audience will vote on these proposals to determine which project will receive funding. Admission to events is free. To learn more, click here.
On March 3, the Arnold Sports Film Festival will host workshops at the Arena Grand Movie Theatre. Workshop topics include Acting for TV Commercials, Film as Art, Approaches to Documentary Film, Digital Cinema 101, DSLR Editing in Premiere Pro CS5.5 for Final Cut Pro Users and Makeup Tips. For more information, go to www.arnoldsportsfestival.com and click ‘Arnold Sports Film Festival.’ Tickets can be purchased for $10 at ticketmaster.com or for $15 at the door.
In January, Americans for the Arts (AFTA) started the pARTnership Movement to create mutually beneficial partnerships between arts and business institutions. In realizing that businesses are always looking for ways to stand out and be more competitive, this new movement hopes to help businesses accomplish that. AFTA also hopes to assist businesses and arts organizations to collaborate using new and innovative techniques. The pARTnership Movement is working with local arts agencies throughout the country. To read more, go to www.artsusa.org, and www.partnershipmovement.org for further details.
On February 13, President Obama requested a $154.255 million budget for the National Endowment for the Arts on his FY2013 budget request to congress. This will include $3 million to help with the expenses of relocating the NEA’s office, $2.7 million for state arts agencies and regional art organizations, and $4 million to not-for-profit art organizations. To learn more, click here.
Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields. One of the company’s three co-founders, Yancey Strickler, said that Kickstarter is on track to distribue over $150 million dollars to its users’ projects in 2012, or more than entire fiscal year 2012 budget for the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), which was $146 million. “It is probable Kickstarter will distribute more money this year than the NEA,” said Stricker in an exclusive phone interview with TPM. “We view that number and our relationship to it in both a good and bad way.” Click here to read the full article.