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GCAC Awards 1st Quarter Project Support, February 2013 BOOST and Artists in the Community Grants

in Press Releases March 22, 2013 2 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees today approved nine grants totaling $80,241 for the first round of Project Support grants in 2013. More than 280,000 audience members will be served through these projects and the projects will support close to 150 artists. Additionally the Board approved two BOOST grants totaling $2,725 and 14 Artists in the Community grants totaling $9,260.

Cultural events will give Columbus residents and visitors the chance to experience diverse cultures through events like the Asian Festival that will include Dragon Boat races at the riverfront, May 25 – 26, and Juneteenth Ohio at Franklin Park on June 14 – 16. The Ohioana Book Festival will take place May 11 on the Fort Hayes campus. The Columbus Chamber Singers will celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a concert on May 19 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

There are three more deadlines for project support in 2013—April 15, July 16 and October 15.

Project Support: Project Support grants provide funding for the numerous short-term cultural activities that give Columbus its vitality. GCAC awarded $80,241 in Project Support grants to the following organizations and projects:

Organization / Project / Grant Amount

Alkebulan / 23rd Annual Juneteenth-Ohio Festival / $9,625

Pizzuti Collection / Artist panel & exhibition catalog / $7,034

Ohioana Library Association / 2013 Ohioana Book Festival / $19,875

Asian Festival Corp. / Celebrate Asian Festival 2013 / $24,375

New Players Theater Festival / Institute / 2013 Season / $5,425

Community Development for All People / Community Concerts Showcase / $2,613

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services / ETSS Enkutatash / $3,369

Short North Stage / Passing Strange / $6,925

Columbus Chamber Singers / 25th Anniversary Concert / $1,000

TOTAL: $80,241

BOOST: 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. Applicants are encouraged to make a long-term commitment to continuous improvement and to develop skills that result in benefits not only to the organization, but to the larger arts community. Applications are accepted monthly and are funded on a first come, first served basis.


Applicant Name Application Title

Amount Awarded

Diverse Media Zone Inc. DMZ Website Redesign


Columbus Civic Theatre Civic Sign Upgrade






ARTISTS IN THE COMMUNITY: Support for artists is provided through 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. Applications are accepted monthly and are funded on a first come, first served basis.


Paul Wilbur – $475

Austin Stewart – $500

Kim Keffer – $500

Thoma Swanson – $500

Chris Monday – $500

Nicole Garlando – $475

Christine Miller – $475

Hannah Hoffman – $475

Doug Titchenal – $475


Suzanne Pusecker –$885 – Midwest Felting Retreat

Nicole Garlando –$1,000 – Bearnstow Creative Arts and Science Retreat Internship

Jaclyn E. Little – $1,000 – European Graduate School

Tara Polansky – $1,000 – International Ceramics Studio Residency

Kaveri Raina – $1,000 – Vermont Studio Residency

For more information on GCAC community funding, including guidelines and upcoming deadlines, contact Ruby Harper, Director of Grants & Services at or by phone, (614) 221-8406.

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 the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492