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Greater Columbus Arts Council Approves 2021 Operating Support: Phase One

in Press Releases June 17, 2021 2 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus Arts Council board of trustees approved 25 grants totaling $2,808,316 in Operating Support: Phase One.

The Arts Council’s Operating Support is split into two rounds of funding; applications for the first round were due in May, while phase two is due on Nov. 1. These grants are made possible through funds 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.

“This funding for arts organizations is absolutely critical as we move out of the pandemic,” said Tom Katzenmeyer, president and CEO of the Arts Council. “Even though many organizations received PPP or Shuttered Venues grants, our support is still paramount in helping them navigate reopening and recovery. They’ll be feeling the effects of the pandemic for years to come, and the Arts Council is proud to continue our support thanks to our own austerity efforts and the important public funding from the city of Columbus and Franklin County.”

Of the 25 organizations receiving Operating Support, Columbus Children’s Choir, Gateway Film Center and Ohio History Connection are now in their third year of support, which opens them to full eligibility for the program. New to the program this year is the Lincoln Theatre, which has previously received Project Support, a BOOST grant and a capacity-building grant from the Arts Council.

During the pandemic, all organizations in the Operating Support program made significant staffing and budget cuts, adapted artistic programming and community outreach, and increased communications with their patrons/constituents. Many implemented new technologies and tools quickly, discovering innovative approaches they will be able to carry into the future. In the midst of all of this hard work, every organization and its board members also worked on thoughtful inclusion, diversity, equity and access practices, as well as strategic planning.

Two phases of Operating Support allows organizations more time to plan and adapt as they recover and reopen. As part of their applications for phase two, awarded organizations will submit updated financials, planning documents and surveys about reopening, staffing, equity work and other details.

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

For phase one of Operating Support grants, the Arts Council awarded $2,808,316 to the following 25 organizations:

Actors’ Theatre  $21,089
Ballet Metropolitan, Inc.  $195,239
CAPA  $197,891
CATCO  $92,428
Columbus Children’s Choir  $31,988
Columbus Children’s Theatre  $86,471
Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus  $33,167
Columbus Landmarks Foundation  $27,927
Columbus Museum of Art  $193,811
Columbus Symphony Orchestra  $201,972
COSI  $199,931
Franklin Park Conservatory  $189,731
Gateway Film Center  $173,145
Glass Axis  $42,318
Jazz Arts Group  $122,778
King Arts Complex $79,735
Lincoln Theater Association  $26,179
Ohio Designer Craftsmen  $71,371
Ohio History Connection/Ohio Historical Society  $147,870
Opera Columbus  $99,137
ProMusica  $114,991
Shadowbox Live  $173,410
Short North Stage  $67,185
Thurber House  $46,978
Wexner Center for the Arts  $171,574

TOTAL: $2,808,316

For 2020, total Operating Support awards were $5,589,088 to 25 organizations and in 2019, Operating Support grants totaling $5,312,563 were awarded to 25 organizations.

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