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in Press Releases July 24, 2009 2 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council awarded 10 community organizations a total of $11,604 during the second round of the 2009 Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program, GCAC announced today.

The Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program supports neighborhood and community groups with public arts projects in all disciplines. Programming that actively provides access to the arts for people of all cultural backgrounds, economic status, sexual orientation, age and physical ability receives priority consideration.

Grants will go to projects such as a series of music and creative art workshops for cancer survivors through the Haven of Hope Cancer Foundation; an annual festival promoting Chinese cultures and traditions produced by Chinese Culture Link, Inc.; and PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park, a free summer concert series for young children and families.

The Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program is funded by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and is supported by a donation from Ashland Inc. Each year, GCAC awards three rounds of grants as part of the program. So far, GCAC has awarded $36,654 to 36 organizations in 2009.

The following is a full list of organizations that will receive grants and the amount they will receive:

Organization/Project Title / Amount:
Chinese Culture Link, Inc. / 2010 Chinese Festival / $1,000
Columbus Children’s Choir / Middle School Honors Chorus / $1,200
Delta Foundation of Greater Columbus / 2nd Annual Lillian Pierce Benbow
Arts and Literacy Festival / $1,204
Dublin Arts Council / Production of dance piece, Gravity’s Ripple / $1,500
Emerald City Players / Production of musical Jekyll and Hyde / $1,000
Evolution Theatre Company / Production of Rappture: A Festival Of Plays By Adam Rapp / $1,500
Friends of the Topiary Park / PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park / $1,200
Haven of Hope Cancer Foundation / Healing at the Haven through Art and Music / $1,200
Ohio Historical Society / Soul! Art From The National Afro-American Museum And Cultural Center / $800
Rock on the Hill / ROCK (in’ and rollin’) on the Hill, 5-week music class for K-5 students in Hilltop neighborhood / $1,000

The deadline for the second round of 2009 Franklin County Neighborhood Arts grants is Fri., Oct. 30. GCAC will hold two workshops to help organizations with their applications. The first will be at 2 p.m. on Tue. Sept. 29 at the King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., and the second will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thu., Oct. 1 at GCAC’s offices, 100 E. Broad St. To receive an application, contact GCAC by calling (614) 224-2606, by e-mailing or by visiting to download the guidelines and application form.

For the October 30 deadline only, Franklin county K-12 schools and universities may apply for this grant. Projects that involve school-community partnerships will be viewed more favorably. Applicants must demonstrate how proposed projects will provide students with a unique arts-based experience that extends beyond the reach of traditional classroom instruction. Funding cannot be used to supplement existing arts programming, or for stand-alone assembly programs.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks Franklin County Board of Commissioners and Ashland Inc. for their support of this program, and we thank the City of Columbus, Franklin County and Ohio Arts Council for their ongoing support. Views expressed by the Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program and its grant recipients do not necessarily represent those of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.

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CONTACT: Emily Swartzlander
(614) 221-8492