GCAC Announces 2011 Community Arts Partnership Individual Award Winners

GCAC has announced the three individual winners of the 2011 Community Arts Partnership Awards presented by PNC in the categories of Arts Educator, Arts Partner and Emerging Arts Leader. The winners will be honored at GCAC’s annual Community Arts Partnership awards program luncheon on Thursday, October 20 from noon-1 p.m. at COSI, 333 W. Broad St.

The community is invited to join GCAC and 400 business, arts and civic leaders to celebrate this year’s nominees and winners and the work they do every day to create a thriving and vibrant creative community in Columbus. To register to attend, go to Registration will close on October 7.

GCAC's annual Community Arts Partnership Awards honor Columbus individuals for their exemplary support and leadership in the arts and the Columbus business community for its active support of central Ohio's arts organizations. Forty businesses and individuals were nominated this year. Business honorees in the Small, Medium and Large categories will be announced at the event on October 20.

These year's individual winners are: Java Kitrick for Arts Partner, Bettye Stull for Arts Educator, and Alex Bandar for Emerging Arts Leader. Click here for the winners' full bios and a listing of the small, medium and large business nominees.

Columbus Arts Endowment Announces 2011 Raymond J. Hanley Fellowship Recipient Gerard Charles

The Columbus Arts Endowment has announced the third recipient of the annual Raymond J. Hanley Fellowship, Gerard Charles, Artistic Director of BalletMet Columbus.

The $10,000 award from the Endowment goes to an artist who has demonstrated a high level of achievement while working at least five years in the arts in any discipline. Fellowship money is awarded without restriction, so the artist can use it to further his or her career as needed.

“This award to Gerard Charles in the name of Ray Hanley is well deserved’” said Peggy Mativi, chair of the Columbus Arts Endowment. “Ray led the Greater Columbus Arts Council for more than 20 years and this award was endowed in his memory to recognize the kind of artistic achievement Mr. Charles has brought to our community.” Click here to read the full press release.

GCAC to Develop Strategic Funding Plan for the Arts, Agency Retains Ben Maiden to Lead Effort

GCAC has announced that it will lead the community effort to develop a sustainable funding plan for arts and culture, encompassing both public and private sector funding strategies. The agency has retained Ben Maiden to lead the development of the strategic funding plan working with stakeholders such as the arts and culture community, city, county and private sector through the Columbus Partnership and the Columbus Foundation. Click here to read the full press release.

GCAC Announces 3rd Quarter Project Support and BOOST Grants

GCAC's Board of Trustees has approved eight grants totaling $54,017 for the third round of Project Support grants and August BOOST grants. These projects will serve more than 16,000 audience members and support nearly 250 artists. Click here to read more about these grants programs and the full list of recipients.


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 October:

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


Each year AmericanStyle Magazine takes a poll for the Top 10 Art Fairs and Festivals.  Take a moment and vote for the Columbus Arts FestivalClick here to cast your vote now.  The deadline to vote is November 18.


Be a part of one of the nation's to fine arts and craft festivals.  Applications for local, national and international artists, as well as local emerging artists who are new to exhibiting at arts festivals can apply starting October 13.  The submission deadline is January 13.  Click here to find out more and to apply.


Chase 200Columbus Neighborhood Grant Program

Your neighborhood could get up to $10,000 to show off its pride and heritage through the Chase 200Columbus Neighborhood Grant Program. The JPMorgan Chase Foundation has invested $200,000 to help the effort to get neighborhoods across seven counties involved in celebrating the 200th birthday of Columbus. The program is administered by GCAC. The grant program seeks to inspire neighborhoods to get creative and help create a community that is more inspired and proud of the increasing vitality of Columbus. Participants are encouraged to explore the role their specific neighborhood has played in the city’s 200-year history and develop cultural, educational, diverse and multigenerational activities that may include legacy projects, works of art, customized performances, and other creative programs/activities. As one of the building blocks of our great city, we invite your neighborhood to join in this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Columbus. There are two deadlines for applications: Monday, October 17, 2011 and Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Interested applicants should click here for information about the program.

Call for Entries: Port Columbus Gateway to the Arts.  Deadline: Saturday, October 22

The Port Columbus Gateway to the Arts is a collaboration between the Ohio Art League and the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. The Gateway to the Arts, an exhibition space located on the ticketing level of the Columbus International Airport, features the work of OAL members on a rotating basis. Each exhibition is on display for 3 months and will be viewed by hundreds of visitors daily. Members are encouraged to enter a solo show or may choose to put together a group show with other OAL members.

For more information visit our website at for more information. Or contact Stephanie Sypsa at  Scheduling begins January 2012.

Call for Entries: Flint Union Cemetery of Worthington's Juried Sculpture Installation

Worthington's Flint Union Cemetery has announced a call for entries to create a three-dimensional art object for the newly developed Children’s Memorial Garden. This juried sculpture installation is open to sculptors and artists with regional connections or interest in Worthington, Ohio. Artists are invited to submit proposals for three-dimensional art suitable for outdoor display to be permanently installed as a feature in the newly designed Children’s Memorial Garden section within the Flint Union Cemetery in Worthington. The newly expanded Flint Union Cemetery is located at 8187 Flint Rd, Columbus 43235. Artists are requested to create a sculpture that will reflect the spirit of the needs of grieving parents and families, acting as an inspirational element for this intimate part the cemetery. All respondents are encouraged to visit the site. Deadline for entries is October 30. Visit for more information.


October is National Arts and Humanities Month

Every day we celebrate the arts, but October is the month to commemorate the arts in a big way. It is National Arts and Humanities Month—the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation. National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts and humanities. From hosting a creative conversation or arts center open house to securing a mayoral proclamation or better newspaper coverage of the arts, people in every community across the United States can celebrate NAHM by helping recognize the contributions of cultural organizations in their region. Want to join in the celebration? Go to for more information. Click here to read about events happening in the central Ohio area throughout the month.

Judges for the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize Announced

The trustees of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry are pleased to announce that Heather McHugh (USA), David O’Meara (Canada) and Fiona Sampson (UK) are the judges for the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize. The Griffin Poetry Prize is the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry written in, or translated into English, from any country in the world – the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry aims to spark the public’s imagination and raise awareness of the crucial role poetry plays in our cultural life. Note to Publishers: The submissions deadline for the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize, for books published between January 1 and December 31, 2011, is Saturday, December 31, 2011. Submitted books must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2011. Click here for more information on how to enter.

Art quilt detail courtesy of Galleria Evangelia.

CAW! (Creative Arts of Women) Present Strands
Presented by Columbus Metropolitan Library
Through October 21, 2011

New Albany Art League Show at McConnell Arts Center
Presented by New Albany Art League
Through November 6, 2011

Richard Thompson
Presented by CAPA
October 5, 2011

Harvest Day
Presented by Gahanna Convention & Vistors Bureau
October 8, 2011

Idea Lab
Presented by OSU Urban Arts Space
Through October 8, 2011

Eco-Innovation Across Borders
Presented by COSI
October 11, 2011

Hope Rising: Healing and Transcending 9/11
Presented by Galleria Evangelia
Through October 16, 2011

Spooky Tales 2 at Wild Goose Creative
Presented by Columbus Story Adventures
October 22, 2011

Dialogos & Sequentia
Presented by Early Music in Columbus
October 28, 2011

Freeman's Farm Fall Festival
Presented by Freeman's Country Market
Through October 30, 2011