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GCAC Welcomes Kimberly Cole as New Grants & Community Engagement Manager

in Press Releases December 20, 2022 1 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) is pleased to welcome Kimberly Cole (she/her/hers) as its new manager for Grants & Community Engagement.

Prior to joining GCAC, Cole worked for the Columbus Metropolitan Library since 2014, most recently serving as a customer services manager at the Northern Lights branch. In 2020 she was appointed to the Library’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts, including as a co-leader of the African-American Employee Resource Group, a member of the African-American Fiction Collection Review Committee and a co-manager of the DEI Strategy Group.

Cole graduated magna cum laude from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in public management, leadership and policy, with a specialization in nonprofit management. Before her role at the Library, she worked as the alumni association coordinator for the United Way of Central Ohio’s Neighborhood Leadership Academy. She is currently an accompanist and community partnership specialist at BalletMet, and served on the board of trustees at Central Community House from 2016-2018.

“Thank you to the team of Greater Columbus Arts Council for welcoming me with open arms,” said Cole. “I am elated to contribute a background of over 25 years in public service and nearly 10 years of grant evaluation experience to the organization. As an artist and musician myself, I understand the vitality of supporting, celebrating and sustaining inclusive spaces and opportunities for creativity to thrive within.”

“Kimberly brings years of leadership and community experience to GCAC and she already shares our commitment to equity, collaboration, authenticity and customer service,” said Alison Barret, Grants & Community Engagement director. “We are thrilled to work alongside her in these important efforts.”

“GCAC has expanded our programs and outreach into the arts community and it is critical that we have appropriate staffing and resources to serve,” added Tom Katzenmeyer, GCAC president and CEO. “We cannot wait to see what contributions Kimberly will bring to the Columbus arts community.”

Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council receives major financial support from the City of Columbus, Franklin County Commissioners and the Ohio Arts Council.

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