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in Press Releases May 25, 2011 2 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees today approved 22 grants totaling $2,246,400 in Operating Support, funds which GCAC receives from the City of Columbus through the hotel motel bed tax.

“Operating Support is GCAC’s largest pool of grant funds and we are pleased to be in a position to increase funding over last year’s level,” said Milt Baughman, President of GCAC. “These important cultural organizations make such a positive impact in our community, and public support is critical to helping their programs stay accessible to everyone.”

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.

GCAC awarded $2,246,400 in Operating Support grants to the following 22 organizations:

Organization / Grant Amount:

Actors Theatre / $18,000
Ballet Metropolitan, Inc. / $215,000
CAPA / $220,000
CATCO / $105,000
Chamber Music Columbus / $18,000
CityMusic, Inc. / $17,500
Columbus Children’s Theatre / $80,000v Columbus Dance Theatre / $30,000
Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus / $22,500
Columbus Museum of Art / $220,000
Columbus Symphony Orchestra / $180,000
COSI / $220,000
Friends of Early Music / $12,000
Jazz Arts Group / $170,000
King Arts Complex / $130,000
MadLab / $12,000
Ohio Art League / $14,400
Ohio Designer Craftsmen / $80,000
Opera Columbus / $105,000
ProMusica / $97,000
Thurber House / $60,000
Wexner Center for the Arts / $220,000


TOTAL: $2,246,400

Since 2001 GCAC has awarded grants of more than $25 million in operating support, project support, technical assistance and individual artist fellowships. In 2010, Operating Support grants totaling just over $2 million dollars were awarded to 22 organizations.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees also approved 8 grants totaling $8,675 in BOOST (formerly Technical Assistance) and Artists in the Community grants.

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.

Applicant Name / Application Title / Amount Awarded

Urban Cultural Arts Foundation / Brochure, Accessibility Readiness, Audit / $ 4,500

TOTAL: $ 4,500

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.


Jeremy Callahan – $475
Jenny Fine – $450
Susan O’Connor – $400
Marshall Rendina – $450
Kevin Vanscoder – $400


TOTAL: $2,175


Justin Braun – $1,000 for Verbo Performance Art Festival
Jeremy Callahan – $1,000 for EncaustiCamp


TOTAL: $2,000

The ARTISTS IN THE COMMUNITY grants program exceeded projected participation and while the budget was increased to fund this final round – the program will close for the remainder of 2011 and reopen in 2012.

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

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.

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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492