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Greater Columbus Arts Council Approves 2020 Operating Support: Phase Two Grants Totaling $1,498,772

in Press Releases September 17, 2020 2 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus Arts Council board of trustees today approved 25 grants totaling $1,498,772 in Operating Support: Phase Two, through funds that the Arts Council receives from the city of Columbus, through the hotel/motel bed tax and the arts and culture fee, and from Franklin County.

“The nonprofit and for profit creative sector is a major economic driver in our region, supporting more than 60,000 jobs and generating over $9 billion in economic impact annually,” said Tom Katzenmeyer, president and CEO of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. “We’re grateful to the city of Columbus and the Franklin County Commissioners for their generous support, which helps sustain our city’s nonprofit cultural organizations, particularly during these challenging times, allowing them to retain staff and programming, while continuing to provide the educational and artistic experiences our community members count on.”

As part of the Arts Council’s pandemic response, the Operating Support application deadline and the 2020 Operating Support process was modified to allocate awards in three phases. This enabled organizations to assess the impact of Ohio’s Stay-at-Home orders, focus on virtual programming and work on forecast scenarios. Phase One grants were approved in June for a total of $1,498,772. Prior to Phase Two, organizations submitted updated financials, planning documents and surveys about reopening, staffing, equity work and other details. The organizations will submit updated financials and planning documents to the Arts Council in December prior to Phase Three funding awards as well.

Operating Support funds are available to established arts and culture organizations with an average three-year adjusted audited revenue of at least $150,000, that are well managed, have significant impact and broad community engagement. Award amounts are contingent upon funds available.

For Phase Two of Operating Support grants, the Arts Council awarded $1,498,772 to the following 25 organizations:

Organization Phase Two Award
Actors’ Theatre of Columbus $11,629
Ballet Metropolitan, Inc. $107,663
CAPA $109,125
CATCO $50,969
Chamber Music Columbus $8,617
Columbus Children’s Choir $13,233
Columbus Children’s Theatre $47,684
Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus $18,290
Columbus Landmarks Foundation $15,400
Columbus Museum of Art $106,875
Columbus Symphony Orchestra $111,375
COSI $110,250
Franklin Park Conservatory $104,625
Gateway Film Center $70,833
Glass Axis $23,336
Jazz Arts Group $67,705
King Arts Complex $43,969
Ohio Designer Craftsmen $39,357
Ohio History Connection/Ohio Historical Society $65,226
Opera Columbus $54,668
ProMusica $63,411
Shadowbox Live $95,625
Short North Stage $38,388
Thurber House $25,906
Wexner Center for the Arts $94,613

TOTAL: $1,498,772

In 2019, Operating Support grants totaling $5,312,563 were awarded to 25 organizations. This included funding from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners awarded in the fall of 2019.

For more information on community funding, including guidelines and upcoming deadlines, go to or contact Alison Barret, director of Grants & Services at (614) 221-8406 or

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
(614) 221-8492