GCAC is starting the new year with the launch of a fresh new website design! GCAC's website serves not only as a resource for our grantees or those seeking funding and support, but also a go-to resource for artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community. Learn more about GCAC's grants and services, events and programs - as well as the latest locally and nationally trending arts news, advocacy tips and resources, local arts and cultural events and much more. Have a look around www.gcac.org and learn more about your arts community!
GCAC’s OPPArt Series is a way for local artists and creative people to connect with each other and further themselves and their work through professional workshops, roundtable discussions, social events and more. Join us at our March workshops:
The Columbus Arts Festival is recognized as one of the top visual arts festivals in the country. The Artists' Market consists of hundreds of juried artists from across the United States, as well as a few international artists. Quality food and beverages, hands-on arts activities for the entire family, exhibitions of local student artwork, and great live music round out Columbus' favorite outdoor summer event. Approximately 400,000 people attend each year. Each year the Festival seeks accomplished individuals to submit work for selection as on site caricature artists, charcoal artists, face painters and temporary tattoo artists. The application deadline is April 1. Go to columbusartsfestival.org/apply/ for more info and to apply.
The Ohio Arts Council's 2013 Ohio Arts Festivals & Competitions Directory is now available. The directory is an excellent resource for people who are looking to exhibit their work in festivals throughout Ohio and for people who simply want to take part in the arts community. It contains detailed information about arts and crafts festivals and competitions throughout 2013, including dates, activities, number of spaces available for artists to display their work, fees and contact information. It is organized by date and location and includes alphabetical indexes of festivals by name, city, region and sponsor.
To learn more about this directory visit Ohio Arts Council’s website.
Eight winners have been selected to receive the 2013 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio. The awards will be presented at a luncheon ceremony honoring the winners and members of the Ohio Legislature at noon on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Columbus Athenaeum in downtown Columbus. The luncheon is hosted by the Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Winners will receive an original work of art by Susan Danko, a painter from Parma.
Winners were selected from 66 nominations submitted by individuals and organizations throughout Ohio. The award categories and recipients are: Arts Administration, Jill Snyder, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (Cleveland); Arts Education, Stivers School for the Arts (Dayton); Arts Patron, Charlotte Kessler (New Albany) and Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Schuster (Dayton); Business Support of the Arts, PNC Bank (Statewide); Community Development and Participation, Raymond Shepardson (Cleveland); Individual Artist, Jack Earl (Lakeview) and Joseph O'Sickey (Kent).
For more information about the Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio and the Luncheon vist Ohio Arts Council's website.
Local civic leaders gathered at Columbus City Council Chambers on February 14 to finalize the 200Columbus bicentennial initiative with a recap of accomplishments from the past year and a closing ceremony that included the curation of a Bicentennial time capsule and the release of the Revealed: Columbus book.
“We celebrated in 2012 the city’s birthday, but it was much much more than a party,” said 200Columbus project manager Jamie Greene. “Never in the city’s history have we come together like we have this past year. I have had the pleasure of working in communities all across the country, and the level of civic goodwill in Columbus is off the charts.”
The Bicentennial time capsule was filled with items including commemorative coins, books and magazines, personal letters from local leaders, the WOSU Neighborhoods documentary series, photos, maps and more. The capsule will be sealed for a 100 year period so that future generations will be able to learn more about life in our city from 2012.
To learn more about this book release visit www.columbusunderground.com.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced Columbus Museum of Art, Cuyahoga County Public Library of Cuyahoga County and The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County as National Medal for Museum and Library Service finalists. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families and communities.
Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. This year’s finalists exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include an aquarium and marine science center foundation, conservatory and botanical gardens, county library systems, individual libraries, children’s museums, an art museum, science centers, and more, hailing from across the country.
“Museums and libraries serve as community gathering places and centers for lifelong learning, and we are very proud to announce Columbus Museum of Art, Cuyahoga County Public Library of Cuyahoga County, and The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County of Cincinnati as finalists for the 2013 National Medal,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “This year’s finalists exemplify the many wonderful ways museums and libraries can respond to the needs and wants of the communities they serve.”
To read more about CMA and the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Services award visit CMA's News Room.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists, arts organizations and arts patrons in the United States. The American public may nominate artists and arts patrons for this award through the National Endowment for the Arts' website. The National Medal of Arts is awarded annually by the President with the NEA managing the nomination process.
At the 2011 National Medal of Arts ceremony, President Obama described the annual event as "a moment when America has a chance to pay tribute to extraordinary men and women who have excelled in the arts and the humanities, and who, along the way, have left an indelible mark on American culture."
To read more about the nomination process visit the National Endowment for the Arts' News Room.
A bipartisan team of members of Congress have launched the Congressional STEAM Caucus. The STEAM Caucus, a popular acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, which "aims to change the vocabulary of education to recognize the benefits of both the arts and sciences—and their intersections—to our country's future generations. Caucus members will work to increase awareness of the importance of STEAM education and explore new strategies to advocate for STEAM programs."
Robert Lynch, Americans for the Arts President & CEO, saluted this newly formed caucus, stating, "Thanks to the leadership of Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D–OR) and Aaron Schock (R–IL), the message of how the arts can help launch creativity and innovation among our nation's students will have a proper place in the halls of Congress. Having worked with both of them on these issues, we were excited to assist in establishing this new congressional policy effort in education."
To read more on the launch of the STEAM Caucus visit Americans for the Arts' news section.
A bidder paid $45 million for a Picasso portrait of his mistress and muse Marie-Therese Walter at the opening sale of a series of auctions at Sotheby's in London of impressionist, surrealist and modern artwork.
The painting, Femme assise pres d’une fenetre, painted in 1932, is of Walter sitting in a black armchair. The painting was last sold in 1997 for $6.8 million.
In 2010, Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, also of the young woman, set a record for the artist by selling for $106.5 million at Christie's in New York. It had belonged to the estate of Frances Brody, the Los Angeles arts patron who died at age 93 in 2009.
To read more about Picasso's painting visit the Los Angeles Times' Arts & Culture section.
The GRAMMY® Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present their first-ever Music Educator Award to recognize music educators for their contributions to the musical landscape and their positive influence on their students' musical experiences.
The award is open to current U.S. music teachers from kindergarten through college, in public and private schools. Anyone can nominate a teacher and teachers are also able to nominate themselves. One winner will be selected from 10 finalists each year to be recognized for their remarkable impact on their students' lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the 2014 GRAMMY Awards, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium.
To learn more about the Music Educator Award and the application process visit www.grammyintheschools.com.