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in Press Releases May 26, 2010 1 min read

Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees today approved 22 grants totaling $2,005,000 in Operating Support, funds which GCAC receives from the City of Columbus through the hotel motel bed tax.

“These 22 organizations are critical to our community’s cultural health and vitality,” said Milt Baughman, Interim President of GCAC. “And in turn the Operating Support provided by GCAC is an essential part of their ability to provide high quality arts experiences to Central Ohio’s citizens.”

Under the grants guidelines, any nonprofit arts organization of any budget size that meets 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 strong fiscal responsibility.

>p>GCAC awarded just over $2 million in Operating Support grants to the following 22 organizations: (*Indicates organization new to Operating Support funding)



Organization / Grant Amount:


Actors Theatre / $16,000.00
Ballet Metropolitan, Inc. / $200,000.00
CAPA / $200,000.00
CATCO / $80,000.00
Chamber Music Columbus / $16,000.00
CityMusic, Inc. / $16,000.00
Columbus Children’s Theatre / $70,000.00
*Columbus Dance Theatre / $25,000.00
*Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus / $20,000.00
Columbus Museum of Art / $200,000.00
Columbus Symphony Orchestra / $150,000.00
COSI / $200,000.00
Friends of Early Music / $10,500.00
Jazz Arts Group / $150,000.00
King Arts Complex / $120,000.00
MadLab / $10,500.00
Ohio Art League / $16,000.00
Ohio Designer Craftsmen / $70,000.00
Opera Columbus / $100,000.00
ProMusica / $85,000.00
Thurber House / $50,000.00
Wexner Center for the Arts / $200,000.00

TOTAL: $2,005,000.00


Since 2001 GCAC has awarded grants of more than $23 million in operating support, project support, technical assistance and individual artist fellowships. In 2009, Operating Support grants totaling $2 million dollars were awarded to 20 organizations.

For more information on GCAC community funding, including guidelines and upcoming deadlines, go

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. Thanks also to Time Warner Cable, alive!, American Electric Power and CD101 for support of the Columbus Arts Festival.


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