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Greater Columbus Arts Council Announces 2018 Community Arts Partnership Individual Award Winners and Employer Award Nominees

in Press Releases September 17, 2018 4 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) is pleased to announce the three individual winners of the 2018 Community Arts Partnership (CAP) awards presented by PNC in the categories of Arts Educator, Arts Partner and Emerging Arts Leader. The winners will be honored at the Arts Council’s annual Community Arts Partnership awards luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s Short North Ballroom.

The Arts Council’s annual CAP awards honor Columbus individuals for their exemplary support and leadership in the arts and Columbus employers for their active support of central Ohio’s arts organizations. More than 25 employers and individuals were nominated this year. Employer honorees will be announced at the event on Oct. 18.

Individual winners will each receive an original piece created by Columbus artist Dimonde Hale. The employer winners will each receive a work of art purchased from local artists Richard Duarte Brown, Renate Fackler and Willis Shively.

The individual award winners are listed below. The Arts Educator Award is presented in partnership with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.

Monica Kridler founded Momentum in 2003, an in-school program that uses dance as a vehicle to teach children the necessary life skills of self-discipline, teamwork and striving for excellence. Momentum has reached more than 8,000 central Ohio boys and girls in dozens of schools, and is affiliated with the National Dance Institute. Beyond Momentum, Monica has also held numerous volunteer leadership positions and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Arts Council. Kridler was nominated by Liane Engle.

Long-time arts supporters Larry and Donna James are the driving force behind the year-long, community-wide collaboration I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100. Larry is managing partner of the law firm Crabbe, Brown & James, and has served as president of the Lincoln Theatre Association, and on the boards of Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Urban League and co-chair of the Neighborhood School Development Partnership for Columbus Public Schools. Donna has served on the boards of Bennett College for Women, Wexner Center for the Arts, Central State University and I Know I Can.

Geoffrey Martin is the arts administrator of the Columbus Cultural Arts Center and oversees operations for the Golden Hobby Shop, a non-profit consignment shop in German Village. Martin is also leading the development of a new artist residency program that brings neighborhood artists into Columbus recreation centers, allowing the community to see artists at work. He has worked continuously in the Columbus arts scene for the past 16 years, beginning with the city of Columbus first as the Artistic Director for the Davis Performing Arts Programs for Youth, and organizing classes, exhibitions and events at the Cultural Arts Center since 2009. Martin was nominated by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther.

It is an honor to be nominated for the Community Arts Partnership Awards and the Arts Council would like to congratulate the employer award nominees and all nominees in the individual categories:

Small Employer
Brian Coovert Floral Design
Compton Construction, LLC
Hidaka USA
Kaufman Development
Keith Cheeseman Service Center
Portfolio Creative

Medium Employer
City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department
King Business Interiors, Inc.

Large Employer
G&J Pepsi-Cola
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Arts Educator
Christine Hill
Jonathan Juravich
Emily Kirtland
Aziza and Tony West

Emerging Art Leader
Orlay Alonso
Jevon Collins
Dr. Melissa Crum
Heather Lynn Kyle
Tona Pearson

The Arts Council will also present its Columbus Makes Art Awards at the Oct. 18 luncheon. The awards will be presented to two arts organizations that have demonstrated innovation, risk and artistic excellence in a performance, exhibition or program.

Small (organizations with budgets of under $1 million)
Harmony Project, 1968: Concert for Community
Maroon Arts Group, King-Lincoln Box Park
Red Herring Theatre, Tour of CML parking lots with Dream (a shortened version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Summer Jam West, Hilltop Rising

Large (organizations with budgets of $1 million and over)
Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Garden, Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden
King Arts Complex, MLK: 50 Years Later
Ohio History Connection, Poindexter Village: A Portrait in Stories
Shadowbox Live, Circle of Blood

The Arts Council’s board of trustees selects the individual and employer winners each year. The board of trustees meets just prior to the Community Arts Partnership awards luncheon to choose the Columbus Makes Art Award winners.

The community is invited to join the Arts Council and hundreds of business, arts and civic leaders to celebrate this year’s nominees and winners and the work they do every day to create a thriving and vibrant creative community in Columbus. To register to attend, go here.

The 2018 Community Arts Partnership Awards are presented by PNC. Sponsors include Cardinal Health; Crabbe, Brown & James LLP; Easton Town Center; L Brands Foundation; The Ohio State University; Ron & Ann Pizzuti; Robert Weiler Company; and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. Media sponsors include CityScene Magazine and WOSU Public Media. Tickets to attend are available online at

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, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council is supported by the city of Columbus, the Ohio Arts Council, and individuals and businesses throughout the community.

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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492