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Greater Columbus Arts Council Announces 2022 Neighborhood Arts Connection Fellowships

in Press Releases February 16, 2022 1 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) is pleased to announce that the Neighborhood Arts Connection fellowship will support two Columbus neighborhoods this year: the Near East Side and Linden communities, as defined on the Columbus Area Commission’s website.

Applications for Near East Side residents will be open Feb. 15 through March 21; chosen applicants will be notified by Apr. 1. Near East Side neighborhood projects are to be completed between April and September of 2022. Applications for the Linden program will open this summer; details will be announced then.

Launched in 2021, the fellowship is designed to celebrate specific neighborhoods each year by inviting artists residing in the neighborhoods to create participatory arts experiences for the selected areas.

This opportunity is for individuals across all artistic disciplines who have permanent residency in the selected neighborhoods; are professional, working artists age 18 and older; and are not enrolled as degree-seeking undergraduate students. Award recipients must remain residents of Franklin County for the entire grant period.

For each fellowship, a selection committee consisting of neighborhood residents, community leaders and an Arts Council Board representative will select one $10,000 award recipient for a large project and one $5,000 award recipient for one small project, per neighborhood.

Complete guidelines and the link to apply are available at

In 2021, the Neighborhood Arts Connection program focused on the South Side. Jessica Naples Grilli and Ras Jahlani Ben-Levi received fellowships to produce the participatory art experience South Side Stories and a local music and video showcase at Citadel 614, respectively.

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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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
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