OPPArt Present Workshop to Explore Artist Residency Opportunities

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.  In partnership with the Alliance for Artists Communities, GCAC will present Be Our Guest: Finding Creative Time + Space, a workshop exploring artist residency opportunities on May 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Jazz Academy, 4th Floor Conference Room, 769 E. Long St. Please join us for these additional workshops happening in May:

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

GCAC’S Art in the House: Young Artists, Fresh Perspectives

On view through June 18 at the OSU Urban Arts Space is Art in the House, an exhibition of artwork produced by children participating in GCAC's Art in the House program. This eclectic array of work layers personal meanings with cultural objects, providing a distinct snapshot of children's perspectives on themselves and the world.  The young artists worked with the support of four master teaching artists to create works of art that are directly influenced by cultural objects from around the world. Visit the OSU Urban Arts Space at 50 W. Town Street in downtown Columbus.

Columbus Arts Festival Celebrates 50 Years with Exciting New Initiatives

The Columbus Arts Festival, presented by Time Warner Cable will celebrate its 50th year of bringing the best in fine art and fine craft to Columbus, June 3, 4 & 5, 2011. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Festival will introduce exciting new initiatives including an Emerging Artist program for local artists new to exhibiting at festivals,  All Hands On Art - an interactive, hands on art activities area just for adults featuring 10 local indie artists groups, Savor the Arts with Dine Originals, featuring some of the city's best local restaurants and much more. To read more about these new initiatives, see the full participating artists list, performance schedules and more, go to


Rebecca Ibel Gallery Closes, Ibel to Take the Helm at Pizzuti Collection Space

The exhibition of Sarah Fairchild's work from May 5-31 will be the final show for the Rebecca Ibel Gallery . After almost two decades of owning and running a gallery of fine contemporary art, Ibel is leaving to take a new position as curator/director for the Pizzuti Collection, a new space that will feature contemporary art owned by real estate developer, Ron Pizzuti.

“It has been an amazing 18 years, a very rewarding experience and I have loved being able to work with the most interesting people from Columbus, around the country and abroad” stated Ibel. “I look forward to working with the Pizzuti’s, as this is a dream opportunity and a new creative challenge."  Sarah Fairchild’s exhibition will open for Short North Gallery Hop on Saturday, May 7, 4-8 p.m. The show will feature new works on paper by this Columbus-based artist. For exhibition preview and artist news visit or the gallery blog.


The Columbus Symphony will present the Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops, the outdoor summer concert series, and Popcorn with the Pops, the Friday night summer series for children, at the Columbus Commons’ Pavilion beginning in 2012. Spearheaded by the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC), the permanent structure will be backed up to the Ohio Theatre and be built and completed for the 2012 summer season. The downtown location will attract audiences from all over central Ohio, and with the Symphony as its anchor, create a new presence for live, symphonic music in downtown Columbus. For more information about the Columbus Symphony please visit

Ohio Art League's 100th Annual Spring Juried Exhibition

One hundred years ago, the Ohio Art League held one of its first exhibitions at the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML).  The exhibition will to return to CML in May to celebrate with the 100th Annual Spring Juried Exhibition. The CML wide display will feature a variety of original works by some of Ohio's leading artists. The selection by curator Todd Slaughter includes photography, oils, acrylics, sculpture, video and mixed media. Join them for an opening reception at the library on Thursday, May 12, 6 - 8 p.m. The original works will be on display from May 6-June 24, 2011, and will be on view at CML, 96 S. Grant Ave. For more information visit the Ohio Art League's site at

It Gets Better Project

The Columbus Children’s Choir and Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus have teamed up to promote awareness of the It Gets Better Project--started last fall by writer Dan Savage in response to a rash of suicides by teens who were harassed for being openly or presumed gay.  The online video Web project's goal is to prevent suicide among youth by having gay adults convey the message that these teens' lives will improve. The project has grown rapidly; more than 200 videos were uploaded in the first week and now includes more than 10,000 entries from people of all sexual orientations, including many celebrities.  Check out an excerpt from the Columbus Children's Choir and Columbus Gay Men's Chorus awareness concert on YouTube.  Go to to learn more.

Cleveland Project to Lure Artists to the City

According to Thomas Schorgl, president and CEO of Cleveland's Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), the organization will receive a $250,000 grant from New York-based Leveraging Investments in Creativity to build local artist communities. The grant, the largest project grant in CPAC's history, must be matched within a year. Seven other arts groups around the country will receive money from Leveraging Investments, which is awarding a total of $1.25 million in grants. The two-year CPAC Artist in Residence project will provide low-interest loans for artists and nonartists who live or will move into Cleveland neighborhoods. The money will support projects that revitalize neighborhoods through artistic participation.  Click here to read more.

Call for Submissions for New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio

ARTS/West is partnering with the Corporation for the Performing Arts and the Athens Community to present the 6th Annual Humble Play: New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio this coming October 6-8, 2011, and they are pleased to invite submissions from playwrights. Applications will be accepted from March 4 to June 3, 2011.  Submissions via email are encouraged and there is no application fee. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.  Applications will be available at the ARTS/West office,,, and by requesting one via email at

Call for Artists - Columbus Celebrates Diversity Exhibition at the Rhodes Tower

With one year to go until the Columbus' Bicentennial, the Rhodes Tower exhibition organizers propose to spotlight Columbus' tremendous diversity, past and present, of people and place. Columbus is an exciting place to live, diverse in its many neighborhoods – Clintonville, German Village, Italian Village, Victorian Village, Olde Town East, Franklinton, Linden and the University District. Columbus area artists are being called to express the diversity and uniqueness of the Columbus community, and how their art demonstrates this reflection.  For questions or further information please contact , or call exhibit co-coordinators Jim Siemer at 614-313-6200 or Tom Baillieul at 614-447-1223.


Public Broadcasting Funding Survives Federal Budget Showdown

Despite efforts to strip government funding for public broadcasting, PBS chief Paula Kerger said the federal budget deal retains most of the money that President Obama had set aside for public television and radio stations. The deal allocates nearly $430 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a 0.2 percent cut from what the president had proposed. Kerger said the response of viewers and listeners was key "that changed everything,' Kerger said.  "As eloquent as we hope we can be to articulate the case for public broadcasting, at the end of the day it's really the American people that count."  Click here to read the full article.

Economy Down, Museum Attendance Up

A report released by the American Association of Museums(AAM) shows more than 70 percent of the nation's museums were under financial distress last year because most saw government and corporate funding reduced from an already bad year in 2009. At the same time, half of the nearly 400 museums in the survey reported increased attendance and educational programs. The median admission price remained seven dollars for adults. 'I think the survey results show a real commitment to the work of museums, that people would rather freeze hiring and lay off staff than reduce the service they're providing to the American people,' said Philip Katz, AAM's assistant director for research.  Click here to read more.

NASAA Updates on Legislative Activity

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies is maintaining a document titled Major State Arts Agency Budget and Restructuring Proposals to keep a breast of state legislative activity in relation to arts agencies. The pdf is updated almost daily and can be downloaded here.

Association of Performing Arts Presenters CEO Steps Down

The President and CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), Sandra Gibson, announced today that she will step down at the end of this fiscal year (June 30, 2011) after 11 years at the helm of the nation's leading service organization for the performing arts presenting field. Gibson will stay on at the Association as a special consultant in the months following the close of the fiscal year. A search committee is also in formation to select Gibson's successor and will be led by board vice chair, Josh LaBelle. An Interim President and CEO will be put in place on July 1 if the search has not concluded by that date. Click here to read more.

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The 2011 Senior Fine Art Majors Exhibit
Presented by Ohio Wesleyan University, OWU
Through May 8, 2011

FACE2FACE: 25 Years of Art and Community
Presented by Studios on High Gallery
Through May 11, 2011

Art in the House Exhibition
Presented by Greater Columbus Arts Council
Through June 18, 2011

Rhapsody in Blue Benefit & Concert
Presented by ProMusica Chamber Orchestra
May 6, 2011

Mother May I...
Presented by German Village Business Community
May 7, 2011

The Camouflage Project
Presented by Ohio State Theatre
May 12, 2011 — May 27, 2011

Music @ The MAC: The Shaw Brothers
Presented by Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington
May 19, 2011

Cold Cave
Presented by Wexner Center for the Arts
May 21, 2011

Dance Uptown
Presented by OSU Dance
May 26, 2011 — May 27, 2011