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in Press Releases February 1, 2011 2 min read

Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council in partnership with OhioDance will host a panel discussion geared toward pre-professional dancers transitioning to professional/college-level dance programs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 12 at BalletMet, 322 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Columbus.

Discussion will center on portfolio development, professional career vs. college level dance programs, in and outs, what to prepare for, alternates and resources. Attendees will receive valuable insight from the university and professional dance world. This will be an open format session. Families are welcome.


Gerard Charles, Artistic Director, BalletMet Columbus
Ambre Emory-Maier, Director of Education, BalletMet
David Guion, Executive Director, Dublin Arts Council
Kate Hale, Academic Program Coordinator, The Ohio State University, Dept. of Dance
Najiyyah Muqtasid, Thiossane Institute’s Principal dancer, Instructor, Choreographer

The panel will be moderated by Ruby Classen, Grants & Services manager for GCAC.

This presentation is supported by GCAC’s OPPart series. The panel is free and open to the public.

For more information please contact Jane D’Angelo, executive director, OhioDance, 614-224-2913,

Other upcoming OPPArt Events (all are free and open to the public):

“Gathering of Playwrights” roundtable discussion
February 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; GCAC Office, 100 E. Broad Street, Suite 2250
Join local playwrights, theatre representatives, technical artists, performers and others interested in “new work” production for a lunch-time discussion that aims to create and continue dialogue between playwrights and the community.

GCAC’s BOOST. Program – How can we help you?
February 18, 11:30 a.m – 1 p.m.; Columbus Main Library, 3rd Floor Board Room
BOOST (Broadening Organization’s Overall Skills and Technology) is the new name of GCAC’s longstanding technical assistance program. Designed to help small arts organizations increase capacity, strengthen governance and leadership as well as provide staff members with professional development, the program accepts monthly requests. This workshop is geared toward new and emerging arts organizations. Join GCAC Grants & Services Manager Ruby Classen in this informative session about GCAC’s application process. There will be opportunities for one-on-one consultation in an informal environment. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch, ideas and questions.

Selling Your Work at Arts and Crafts Events
Presented by Emily-Kitturah Westenhouser (Crafty Cotillion)
February 24, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wholly Craft, 3169 North High St., Columbus
In today’s arts and crafts market, there are many places for artists to display and sell their work. A rise in independent or indie arts and crafts fairs began several years ago that has brought even more opportunities along with a greater effort to educate consumers on the importance of supporting local talent. This session is geared toward artists and crafters getting started selling their work. Emily Westenhouser of the Columbus Crafty Cotillion will talk about her experiences running her craft business, Umbrella Girl Productions, over the past eight years while focusing on the in’s and out’s of starting a business selling art or crafts.

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, GCAC funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492