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Greater Columbus Arts Council Approves 2021 Operating Support: Phase Two Grants

in Press Releases November 19, 2021 2 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) board of trustees approved 25 grants totaling $3,308,601 in Operating Support: Phase Two.

The Arts Council’s Operating Support is split into two rounds of funding; the first round was announced in June. 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.

“As arts organizations in Columbus continue moving out of the pandemic, this funding is absolutely crucial,” said Tom Katzenmeyer, president and CEO of the Arts Council. “Recovery will take years, and we’re proud that the Arts Council is still poised to support our cultural institutions, thanks to our own austerity efforts and public funding from the city of Columbus and Franklin County.”

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 accessibility 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 submitted updated financials, planning documents, and surveys about reopening, staffing, equity work and other details.

Currently, 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. This is Lincoln Theatre’s first year applying for Operating Support.

For phase two of Operating Support grants, the Arts Council awarded $3,308,601 to the following 25 organizations:

Actors’ Theatre  $24,930
Ballet Metropolitan, Inc.  $230,792
CAPA  $233,928
CATCO  $109,259
Columbus Children’s Choir  $36,876
Columbus Children’s Theatre  $102,218
Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus  $39,207
Columbus Landmarks Foundation  $33,012
Columbus Museum of Art  $229,105
Columbus Symphony Orchestra  $238,752
COSI  $236,340
Franklin Park Conservatory  $224,282
Gateway Film Center  $199,599
Glass Axis  $50,024
Jazz Arts Group  $145,137
King Arts Complex  $94,254
Lincoln Theater Association  $30,179
Ohio Designer Craftsmen  $84,368
Ohio History Connection/Ohio Historical Society  $170,462
Opera Columbus  $117,190
ProMusica  $135,931
Shadowbox Live  $204,988
Short North Stage  $79,418
Thurber House  $55,532
Wexner Center for the Arts  $202,818

TOTAL: $3,308,601

This makes a total of $6,116,917 in Operating Support awards for 2021. 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 Guidelines for 2022 will be posted early December.

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