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 November:

For more information on locations or to pre-register for any event, contact Ruby Classen, Grants & Services manager, at or 614-221-8406.


2011 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Columbus Arts Festival presented by Time Warner Cable. To celebrate this momentous occasion, local artists from Franklin and surrounding counties are called to submit designs for the Columbus Arts Festival Commemorative Print. The ideal work will capture the spirit and vibrancy of the arts in Columbus—and represent the impact the Columbus Arts Festival has had on the city over the past 50 years. The deadline to submit work for the competition is Tuesday, November 30, 2010.

The chosen artist for the 2011 Commemorative Print will receive $1000, VIP passes to the Festival, associated merchandise and a complimentary booth space (if desired) at the 2011 Columbus Arts Festival. The top nine artists will receive $100. There is a $10 fee per entry.

For official guidelines and to download application, click here or go to For more information contact Leah Alters, Columbus Arts Festival director at


Be a part of the 2011 Columbus Arts Festival and help celebrate 50 years of bringing this community favorite arts event to life in downtown Columbus.  Visual artist, food vendor, music performance and poetry applications and more are now available.  Click here for more information.


Take the Central Ohio Music Preference Survey

Don't miss this opportunity to participate in a first-of-its-kind music preference survey. The Greater Columbus Arts Council supports this important research and we appreciate your cooperation!

This survey is for research purposes only and does not involve sales or fundraising of any kind. Your answers are confidential and will be reported in aggregate only. You can receive a copy of the research results if you choose.

And, here's the best part, at the end of the survey, you have the chance to enter a drawing for a $100 iTunes gift card. That's a lot of music! Click here to take the survey now.

Columbus Gay Men's Chorus Seeks Nominations for Annual Forte Awards

The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) seeks nominations for its Forte Award, to be presented at the fifth annual Forte fundraiser on April 29, 2011. This special award will be given to an individual who represents CGMC's vision and mission of Voices Raised, Lives Changed. CGMC dedicates itself to both art and social justice/awareness and would like to give the award to an individual or couple who directly reflect those values and this vision. The inaugural recipient of this award in 2009 was community activist and Greater Columbus Arts Council staff member, Jim Arter, and last year CGMC honored Jeff and Jody Scheiman, who both had a tremendous impact on Columbus AIDS Task Force’s Art for Life events.

Nominations will be accepted until November 30. Go for more information.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra Appoints New Music Director

The symphony, at an Oct. 5 press conference at the Southern Theatre in downtown Columbus, announced its new maestro: Montreal native Jean-Marie Zeitouni. There's a lot its new music director likes about the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, but he's focused on bringing even more versatility to the ensemble's wide repertoire.  Signed to a four-year contract, Zeitouni got to work right away, conducting the symphony's Scheherazade performances Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9-10. Click here to continue reading.

Wonderland Launches Initial Fundraising Efforts

In October, the Wonderland Columbus team introduced several ways for the public to support its efforts to create a multi-use creative space in the former Wonder Bread factory at 697 N. 4th Street including joining the running for a Pepsi Refresh Grant. The monthly granting program provides funds of up to $250,000 for worthy causes, with final recipient selections based on the results of online voting. Wonderland organizers are asking supporters to vote early and often; votes can be cast daily through November 30, online at, or via mobile by texting 103235 to 73774 (standard text messaging rates apply).  Join Wonderland on Facebook to stay posted or visit their Web site at


National Novel-Writing Month

November is National Novel-Writing Month. If writing an entire novel in 30 days strikes you as darn near impossible, just head over to the NaNoWriMo website and check out how many people have actually done it: More than 165,000 people participated in 2009, and more than 30,000 managed to crank out the 50,000-word goal.

Of course, you probably aren't going to produce great literature in just a month. Infinite Jest and its ilk require more than just a month of writing. But the goal isn't to produce a best-seller -- it's to jump-start your novel and get you past the fear of the time and effort involved. Click here to continue reading or to get more information.

National Arts Marketing Project Conference

Make it all new at this year’s National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference in San Jose, CA, November 12–15, 2010. From new preconferences geared just for you to workshops on technology, revenue generation, and audience engagement, this year’s NAMP Conference covers everything you need to know to help your organization thrive. Click here to continue reading or for information on how to register.

Art Review’s 2010 Power 100

Everyone’s favorite guide to the dancers who’ve spent the past 12 months gyrating around contemporary art’s greasy pole of power is back with a fresh list. Find out who slid up, who slid down and who wore inappropriate footwear and fell off altogether.

Despite what you might read in the more popular press, the ArtReview Power 100 is not simply about who’s number one, or just a who’s who in contemporary art. First and foremost, it’s a guide to the general trends, networks and forces that shape the artworld.

Click here to continue reading and to view the list

Image:  OSU and CAPA Present Aida.  Courtesy of CAPA.

Murder Mystery Dinner - Whacked at the Winery!
Presented by Wyandotte Winery

"Another Op'nin"' - Great Songs of Broadway
Presented by Capriccio! Vocal Ensemble

CityMusic Presents: Opera Columbus - The Diva Made Me Do It!
Presented by CityMusic

Ohio State Theatre and CAPA Present Aida
Presented by The Ohio State University Department of Theatre

Columbus Music Co-op Workshops for Musicians
Presented by Jazz Academy

Holiday Lights Festival
Presented by Gahanna Convention and Visitors Bureau