A total of $8,152 in grants was given to 10 community organizations from the first round of the Greater Columbus Arts Council's 2012 Franklin County Neighborhood Arts (FCNA) Program. Organizations that received grants are ALTernative, Columbus Santa Maria, East Asian Studies Center, Friends of Doo Dah, Glen Echo Neighbors Civic Association, Hilliard Arts Council, Huckleberry House, New Harvest Urban Arts Center, Westerville Symphony at Otterbein College and Wyandot Elementary. There are two more rounds for FCNA, the deadline for the second round is Thursday, May 31. For more information, click here.


The Greater Columbus Arts Council and Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District have announced that they are looking for entries for the Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project, which will be a series of window installations by area artists. Entries must be received by May 22, and artists must be 18 or older to participate. To learn more, click here.


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 May:

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



The Columbus Arts Festival, presented by Time Warner Cable will celebrate its return to the downtown Riverfront on June 1, 2 & 3, 2012. The Riverfront will be transformed into a stunning outdoor art gallery as the nation's top artists display their work and attract art enthusiasts from all over the country. In addition to hosting more than 240 nationally acclaimed artists, the Festival will feature fantastic gourmet fare from some of the city's finest local restaurants, live music, hands-on art activities and more! To read find out more about the artists, entertainment, and cuisine that will be at the 2012 Columbus Arts Festival, go to


Volunteers are indispensable to the success of the Columbus Arts Festival. Each year, the Festival comes to life through the cooperation of Greater Columbus Arts Council staff, Coordinating Committee members and an expansive corps of more than 300 on-site volunteers. Energetic, friendly volunteers are needed for the following areas: artist booth monitors, children and adult hands-on art activities, festival greeters, information booths, performances, souvenir sales and more. To apply as a volunteer, click here.


Highball Halloween: Call For Artists & Designers

The Short North Arts District is looking for artists to share their talents for the 2012 HighBall, presented by Pagetech Limited and hosted by Bud Light Lime and Ketel One. The HighBall features fashion shows, public art installations, live performances, and costume contests. Winners of the costume contest and fashion showdown receive $1,000. The deadline for artist recruitment is June 15. To apply, contact John Angelo at For more information, click here

Columbus Gay Men's Chorus 2012 Forte Awards and Benefit Online Auction Now Open!

The Forte Awards and Benefit Online Auction is now open. The Forte Award is given annually at the CGMC fundraising event which will take place this year on May 12.  The award recognizes someone from the central Ohio community who best embodies the vision and mission of CGMC, and who blends both the arts and social awareness. The online auction will run through May 9. Proceeds go to Columbus Gay Men's Chorus in order to support the CGMC mission, "Voices Raised, Lives Changed."  Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise. Click here and let the bidding begin!

A&L Youth Showcase Celebrates Teakwood Heights’ 50th Anniversary

A&L (Afterschool Literacy+ Institute), a non-profit, will showcase youth-designed plaques to celebrate Teakwood Heights' 50th anniversary as a community at two events: May 15 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Howard Recreation Center and May 17 from 6:30-7:00 p.m. in Teakwood Heights Civic Association neighborhood. This collaborative neighborhood-centric afterschool program involving northeast youth and the Teakwood Heights community is called the “E-portraits of Teakwood Heights Project.” A&L Afterschool was awarded a first-round Chase 200Columbus Neighborhood Grant for the project. Funders for the grant include JPMorgan Chase Foundation, GCAC and 200Columbus. Visit for more information.

VSA Ohio:  Call for Teaching Artists

VSA Ohio, the state organization on arts and disability, invites applications from Ohio's Teaching Artists to support the arts residency program, Adaptation, Integration, and the Arts (AIA) during the 2012 - 2013 academic school year. AIA provides arts education opportunities to classrooms inclusive of students with and without disabilities. The purpose is to provide meaningful and effective learning experiences in and through the arts. Teaching Artists will work with educators to integrate the arts and other subject areas to enhance teaching and learning. AIA is not an artist training program and experience as a teaching artist is required. Experience must include mastery of an art form, work with students with and without disabilities, and development of arts-integrated lesson plans that align with Ohio and and/or National Academic Content Standards. VSA Ohio will review applications from Teaching Artists and contact them, as needed, throughout the year to fulfill residency needs. Application does not guarantee selection as a Teaching Artist for an AIA residency.  Deadlines to apply:  June 15 or October 15.  Click here for more information and to download an application.


The 9th edition of Agora will host an array of art, music, and open studios and are open for entries through April 28. The exhibition will be held on May 12. For details, go to or


Columbus Local is a gallery show of 2D and 3D artwork, large scale outdoor sculpture, and installation art. The deadline for submissions is May 12, and the exhibition date is June 1 through 3 at the Columbus Arts Festival. Click here for an entry form.

Legal Aid Society of  Columbus ArtWorks for Justice:  Call for Entries

The Legal Aid Society of Columbus announces the unveiling of a new community initiative: “ArtWorks For Justice.” This project brings together artists, activists, and businesses from across Central Ohio to improve the lives of low income and elderly members of our community. ArtWorks for Justice is now accepting submissions for its first annual art contest. This year ArtWorks for Justice is challenging artists to create an original work that depicts Ohio’s pervasive foreclosure crisis. For some, this will mean highlighting the strain foreclosure places on a family. Others will be compelled to portray blighted neighborhoods or alarming homelessness rates. The grand prize winner will be featured in Legal Aid’s 2012 limited edition poster and other educational materials and awarded a $200.00 prize. This grand prize winner, as well as multiple finalists, will also be selected for an exclusive gallery show event at the Urban Arts Space in downtown Columbus on September 7, 2012, at 7 p.m. Contest is open to all ages; no entry fee is required. Deadline for submissions in all mediums is July 1, 2012. Submit entries via Finalists announced in July 2012. Visit for more information.


Encouraging Arts Integration in Higher Education Curriculum

dbusiness, 4/4/12, "Confronting the challenge of how to encourage and cultivate innovative thinking in higher education, administrators from some of the most prestigious U.S. research universities have published a report aiming to provoke a national discussion about the ways 'arts practice' can be a catalyst for creative thinking in all academic disciplines. 'Art-Making and the Arts at Research Universities,' a three-year plan, is the result of nearly a year of discussions and research with the goal of further integrating the arts into higher education curriculum and campus life...According to the report's executive summary: 'Integrating art-making and the arts enables the university to fulfill its responsibility to society by producing new generations of leaders who are adept in the use of all of their creative cognitive faculties, and by producing an incubator for original creative work in the arts that is not constrained by market economies. Only the university can fulfill this vital social role.'" To read the full article, click here.

Rare Paul Revere Print Found At Brown University

Brown University Librarian Marie Malchodi, while going through “The Modern Practice of Physics” book, came across a rare print by American Revolutionary Paul Revere. There are only five copies of this print, the other four are being preserved at institutions across the United States. To read more, click here.

The Most Valuable Works of Stolen Art No One Can Find

The Art Loss Register currently has 350,000 works of art listed in its index of stolen art in the world. The pieces of art are suspected to be in storage or being traded for various things on the black market, since it is very difficult to make money off of the stolen works of art. There are seven missing works of art, listed in the article, that are valued at over $1 billion. To read more, click here.

Art on the Small Screen

In April, MTV revived its program Art Breaks, in a partnership with Creative Time and MoMA PS1, which brings contemporary video art to MTV’s broad audience. This partnership will provide MTV’s 600 million worldwide viewers with access to video art pieces by artists including Rashaad Newsome, Mickalene Thomas and Mads Lynnerup. For more information and to view video clips, visit

Image:  From Let's Get Digital, courtesy of OAC's Riffe Gallery

Let's Get Digital
May 3 - July 8
Presented by Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery

5th Annual Spring Sale and Workshops!
May 4, 2012 — May 6, 2012
Presented by Glass Axis

Smoke and Mirrors
Through May 5, 2012
Presented by Shadowbox Live

Eye Candy - Cap City Creatives Members Group Show
May 5, 2012 — June 5, 2012
Presented by Cap City Creatives

Mother's Day Art, Craft & LifeStyle Show at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing
May 11, 2012 — May 13, 2012
Presented by Huff's Promotions

Spring into Cortona
May 19, 2012
Presented by St. Margaret of Cortona

4th Annual Eco Chic Craftacular
May 19, 2012 - May 20, 2012
Presented by Etsy Team Columbus

Family Fun: Art at the Conservatory
May 26, 2012
Presented by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens