2012 Community Arts Partnership Awards Accepting Nominations Through September 5

GCAC will honor winners in six categories who have made outstanding contributions to the arts in Columbus at the Community Arts Partnership Awards on October 18. Please help recognize individuals and businesses who have made an impact in the Columbus community through their support of and work in the arts by submitting your nomination today through the CAP online Nomination Form. Click HERE for guidelines and eligibility.

2012 Community Arts Partnership Awards Luncheon Tickets Available

Winners of the Arts Educator, Arts Leader and Arts Partner awards will be announced prior to the event. Winners of the Large, Medium and Small Business awards will be announced at the luncheon, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15. p.m. on Thursday, October 18 at the Statehouse Atrium, 1 Capitol Square. Registration and networking begin at 11:30. Additionally, GCAC will present the Artistic Excellence Award of $10,000. Nominees for the Artistic Excellence Award are chosen by the GCAC staff members, and the winner is chosen by the board and announced at the event. Click HERE to register to attend the luncheon.

GCAC Awards JULY 2012 BOOST and Artists in the Community Grants

The Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees has approved six grants totaling $13,425 in BOOST and Artists in the Community grants. BOOST (Broadening Organization’s Overall Skills and Technology) is a capacity-building program supporting the governance, leadership, technology and professional development needs of not-for-profit arts organizations. The Artists in the Community program provides support for artists by giving Professional Development Assistance and Supply Grants. These support programs give artists in the community the opportunity to enhance their skills and create work that helps drive the vibrancy of the arts in Columbus and Franklin County. Follow this link to read the full press release which includes a list of organizations, artists and amounts awarded.

GCAC Appoints New Board Members in August

The Greater Columbus Arts Council has announced the appointments of Denvy Bowman, president of Capital University, and David Clifton, executive vice president and chief customer and marketing officer for Huntington,  to the Board of Trustees. “Denvy and David bring expertise and community knowledge that will be a great asset to GCAC and its programs,” said Milt Baughman, President of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. “We are pleased that they are volunteering their valuable time to advance arts and culture in Central Ohio." Follow this link to read the full press release.

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Local and Regional

Proposal to Help Columbus Arts, Tourism and Human Services

New taxes on admission tickets, rental cars and commercial parking lots could help Columbus pay for the arts, tourism and human services, according to a panel that city leaders convened to study funding options. The 13-member Funding Review Advisory Committee released five recommendations yesterday afternoon after a yearlong study of how to increase funding for the three priorities, which now receive hotel-tax money. Read The Dispatch article online.

Short North Celebrates 200Columbus with 10x10x10

10 Murals, 10 Galleries, 10 Openings. Sherrie Hawk, owner of Sherrie Gallerie and 10x10x10 coordinator says; “I thought it was important that the Short North help [support the city’s year-long celebration] by tapping into its strength… art.” This district-wide initiative will feature a dynamic collection of original works showcased at 10 of the Short North’s premier galleries.  Read more at


The Training Guidance Group (TGC), a local Cincinnati branch of a nationwide network of trainers and event experts, has distributed $16,000 to students who have decided to participate in an arts-related activity in college in the past year. The scholarships are funded directly from a portion of TGC’s annual revenue. The scholarship recipients were selected from candidates across the tri-state area. “Music played a huge role in my life growing up,” says company president Charles Knippen, “and our company recognizes the immense power of the performing arts as part of an individual’s learning and development. The arts have helped me succeed creatively and shaped me into a leader. I am extremely pleased to have the privilege to continue my path with the arts in college…Without the arts, I would not be the young man that I am today.”  Read full article at

National and International

National Spotlight on Arts Education

In July of 2010 the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as “Arts in Education Week.” Congress designated Arts in Education Week to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful and college and career-ready students.  So this year get out there and celebrate art education September 9-15. For information on all the ways you can celebrate simply go to

Former Jail Cells Become Art Studios in Detroit

A number of old Police Facilities are being revamped for community projects and assistance. The city of Detroit closed the Detroit Police Departments Third Precinct Station in 2005 as part of a department-wide reorganization. The former lobby where residents once could walk in to report crimes now is an airy gallery. Learn More.

Study: Interest in Arts Predicts Social Responsibility

"If you sing, dance, draw, or probably have an altruistic streak, according to a study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). People with an active interest in the arts contribute more to society than those with little or no such interest, the researchers found. They analyzed arts exposure, defined as attendance at museums and dance, music, opera, and theater events; and arts expression, defined as making or performing art. 'Even after controlling for age, race, and education, we found that participation in the arts, especially as audience, predicted civic engagement, tolerance, and altruism,' said Kelly LeRoux, assistant professor of public administration at UIC and principal investigator on the study. In contrast to earlier studies, Generation X respondents were found to be more civically engaged than older people."  Read full article at ScienceDaily, 8/16/12. 

The art of protest: Egypt's creative types fight for their rights

Hundreds of Egyptian intellectuals, artists, writers and politicians gathered in late August in Talaat Harb Square to protest moves by the government seen as antagonistic to freedoms. Specifically, they attempt to pressure the current leadership to reverse the gloomy trend that started with changing the editors-in-chief of state newspapers on August and climaxed to pressing charges against the head of Al-Dostour newspaper for allegedly defaming President Morsi, however, the editor-in-chief was released.  Follow this link to read the full article.

Columbus Micro Brew Festival North Market

"Columbus Never..." Finding Time
Presented by: Columbus Public Art 2012
Through January 1, 2013

Upper Arlington Labor Day Festival
Presented by: Upper Artlington Cultural Arts Division
September 3,  2012

Presented by: Experience Clintonville
September 8, 2012

Columbus Collects Fine Craft
Presented by Ohio Designer Craftsmen
September 9 - October 28, 2012

Columbus Micro Brew Festival
Presented by: North Market
September 14 & 15

Independents' Day 2012
Presented by Independents' Day
September 15, 2012

Art For Life
Presented by: ARC Ohio
September 22, 2012

Presented by: Columbus Film Council
September 25, 2012