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GCAC Awards Over $2.8 Million in Operating Support, BOOST and Artists in the Community Grants

in Press Releases May 24, 2013 3 min read

Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees today approved 25 grants totaling $2,798,000 in Operating Support, funds which GCAC receives from the City of Columbus through the hotel/motel bed tax.

“Thanks to the increased funding from the city, we are able to provide increased support not only to our Operating Support program, but to support for our individual artists,” said Tom Katzenmeyer, President of GCAC. “Operating Support grants help to sustain important arts and cultural organizations that serve as drivers of our local economy and provide access to arts experiences for Columbus residents and visitors. Public support is critical to ensuring these programs stay accessible to everyone.”

Under the grants guidelines, nonprofit arts organizations of any budget size that meet the eligibility criteria can qualify for unrestricted Operating Support funding. Applicants must demonstrate exemplary artistic achievement and significant impact on the city’s economy and tourism, as well as fiscal responsibility.

GCAC awarded $2,798,000 in Operating Support grants to the following 25 organizations:

Organization / Grant Amount:

Actors Theatre / $21,000
Ballet Metropolitan, Inc. / $247,500
CAPA / $247,500
CATCO / $124,500
Chamber Music Columbus / $21,000
CityMusic, Inc. / $18,500
Columbus Children’s Theatre / $87,500
Columbus Dance Theatre / $36,250
Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus / $28,000
Columbus Landmarks Foundation / $17,500
Columbus Museum of Art / $247,500
Columbus Symphony Orchestra / $247,500
COSI / $247,500
Franklin Park Conservatory / $190,000
Friends of Early Music / $16,750
Jazz Arts Group / $186,500
King Arts Complex Community Arts Project / $141,500
MadLab / $13,500
Ohio Art League / $16,000
Ohio Designer Craftsmen / $90,500
Opera Columbus / $115,000
ProMusica / $115,000
ROY G BIV Gallery / $5,000
Thurber House / $69,000
Wexner Center for the Arts / $247,500

TOTAL: $2,798,000

Since 2001, GCAC has awarded grants of almost $30 million in operating support, project support, BOOST and individual artist support. In 2012, Operating Support grants totaling just over $2.4 million dollars were awarded to 24 organizations.

BOOST: BOOST (Broadening Organizations’ 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 also to the larger arts community. Applications are accepted monthly and are funded on a first come, first served basis.

Wonderland Columbus –Development/Architectural Design services – $20,000

TOTAL: $20,000

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.


Martin Azevedo – $975 – Frogman’s Print & Paper Workshop
Jeffrey C. Owen – $780 – Connecting the Dots
Ken Eppstein – $710 – Small Press Expo
Deborah L. Baillieul – $850 – Quilt Surface Design Symposium Master Class
Thomas Baillieul – $855 – 2013 Quilt Surface Design Symposium
Jasmine Marks – $975 – The Fellowship in Music and Worship Arts

TOTAL: $5,145


Enrica Jang – $475
Mistie Sparks – $425
Jeffrey C. Owen – $235
Brooke Zamudio – $475
Kiersten Long – $443
DeJuan McCoy – $475
John Sharvin – $500
Matthew Swift – $475
Jeremy Stone – $500

TOTAL: $4,003

GCAC will be able to fund applications longer into 2013 than in 2012. Because there has been an increase in the usage of both, Supply Grant and Professional Development Programs, the budgets were increased to provide funding for more artists.

For more information on GCAC community funding, including guidelines and upcoming deadlines, go to or contact Ruby Harper, Director of Grants & Services at (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, 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