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Greater Columbus Arts Council Announces 2018 Community Arts Partnership Winners

in Press Releases October 18, 2018 3 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) today awarded three employers and three individuals with a 2018 Community Arts Partnership (CAP) Award for their exemplary support of the arts, as well as two awards for projects recognizing achievements in innovation, risk and artistic excellence.

Employer Award winners are:

Hidaka USA, which received the award in the Small Employer category for companies with fewer than 50 employees. Hidaka USA was nominated by the Dublin Arts Council. They were awarded the sculpture, In the Flow, by Columbus artist Renate Fackler.

Ologie, which received the award in the Medium Employer category for companies with 50-500 employees. Ologie was nominated by ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and ROY G BIV Gallery. They were awarded the fine-art photographic print, Circle, by Columbus artist Willis Shively.

G&J Pepsi Cola, which received the award in the Large Employer category for companies with more than 500 employees. G&J Pepsi Cola was nominated by CAPA. They were awarded the painting DeAndre’s Book by Columbus artist Richard Duarte Brown.

The employer awards were presented by Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin, President Pro-tem Michael Stinziano and member Priscilla Tyson.

In addition, the three individual award winners announced in September were recognized and presented their award former Mayor Michael B. Coleman. Each winner was awarded an original painting by Columbus artist Dimonde “Monde” Hale. The individual winners are:

Monica Kridler, nominated by Liane Engle, is the recipient of this year’s Arts Educator award.

Donna and Larry James are the recipients of this year’s Michael B. Coleman Arts Partner award.

Geoffrey Martin, nominated by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, is the recipient of this year’s Emerging Arts Leader award.

The Arts Council’s annual Community Arts Partnership Awards honor the Columbus community for its active support of central Ohio’s artists and arts organizations. More than 25 businesses and individuals were nominated this year.

The Arts Council also presented two Columbus Makes Art Awards recognizing outstanding achievements in innovation, risk and artistic excellence in a performance, exhibition, program or project. One $10,000 award will be given in each category of organizations with budgets of under $1 million and those with budgets over $1 million.

The 2018 Nominees were:

Organizations with budgets of under $1 million
Harmony Project, 1968: Concert for Community
Maroon Arts Group, King-Lincoln Box Park
Red Herring Theatre, Dream
Summer Jam West, Hilltop Rising

The 2018 winner of the Columbus Makes Art Award for an organization with a budget under $1 million is Maroon Arts Group for King-Lincoln Box Park.

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 2018 winner of the Columbus Makes Art Award for an organization with a budget of $1 million and over is Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, for Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden.

Watch our playlist of Individual Art Award winners and Columbus Makes Art Award nominees on YouTube.

Each year, the Arts Council staff selects nominees for the Columbus Makes Art Awards. The Arts Council’s board of trustees meets just prior to the Community Arts Partnership Awards luncheon to select a winner.

For more information about the Community Arts Partnership Awards or to see a complete list of nominees in all categories go to:

The 2018 Community Arts Partnership Awards are presented by PNC. Sponsors include L Brands Foundation; Big Lots; Ron & Ann Pizzuti; Nationwide; Cardinal Health; Crabbe, Brown & James LLP; The Crane Group; Easton Town Center; Ice Miller; Robert Weiler Company; thinkCSC; and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. Media sponsors include CityScene Magazine and WOSU Public Media.

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