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Greater Columbus Arts Council Awards First Cycle Project Support and February Artists in the Community Grants

in Press Releases March 27, 2019 3 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Twenty-one grants totaling $231,318 were approved by the Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees for 2019 Project Support: Cycle 1 grants. Additionally, the Board approved 112 Artists in the Community grants totaling $96,568 in February.

Project Support: Project Support grants provide funding for a broad range of arts and cultural projects, events and programs. The Arts Council awarded $231,318 in Project Support grants to the following organizations and projects.

The Project Support awardees span six artistic disciplines and include three first-time applicants. Through the Project Support program, support is provided to a variety of diverse art experiences for our community, including festivals such as the 25th anniversary of the Asian Festival (May 25-26), Summer Jam West in the Hilltop neighborhood (July 13) and GospelFest (July 27-28). New applicant Story Foundation will present a series of readings and discussions by local and national authors (multiple dates). The Columbus Black International Film Festival will enter its third year with multiple screenings, panels, workshops and events (Aug. 22-25).

Organization Project Title Grant Amount
Asian Festival Celebrating 25th Anniversary $25,000
Camille Catherine 17th Annual Creative Strings Workshop and Festival $7,110
Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) 2019 $25,000
Cassandra Young Cloud City $2,000
Columbus Black International Film Festival Columbus Black International Film Festival $5,355
Columbus Civic Theater 2019 – 2020 Season $13,200
Columbus GospelFest 2019 Columbus GospelFest – All Disabilities Fest $8,881
Columbus Songwriters Association Songwriter Showcase $9,139
Daniel Miles Big Damn Blues Jam 2019 $2,500
Evolution Theatre Inc. Evolution Theatre Company 2019 Season $21,250
Imagine Productions of Columbus 2019-2020 Season $7,937
Kingdom Works Kingdom Night of Poetry $3,500
MadLab MadLab 2019 – 2020 season $21,443
Northland Performing Arts Center Kiss Me Kate, with Cabot Rea and the Westerville Symphony $6,868
Ohioana Library Association 2019 Ohioana Book Festival $22,500
Red Herring Productions Go Big or Go Home $12,500
Rodolfo Vazquez The Universality of Music $1,600
Stage Right Theatrics Stage Right Theatrics 2019 Season $1,875
Story Foundation Story Magazine Presents: The Back Third Reading Series $2,000
Summer Jam West Summer Jam West – Peace Train $11,660
Vaud-Villities Productions Vaud-Villities Productions – 2019 Season Series $20,000

TOTAL: $231,318

There are two remaining deadlines for Project Support grants in 2019: Apr. 15 and Aug. 15.

Artists in the Community: Support for artists is provided through Resource, Professional Development and Marketing Support grants. Funds are provided to assist artists with the creation of new art, advancement of their skills and promotion of their work to the public. Artists may apply as an individual or as part of a band/ensemble. These grant programs demonstrate a commitment to individual artists and the important role artists play in the creative landscape and economic vitality in Columbus.

Applications are accepted every other month and are funded on a first-come, first-served basis, until program funds are exhausted. All programs are open and accepting applications for the next deadline on Apr. 1.

Resource grants:

Artist Name Award Amount
Victoria Alesi $450
Jason Allen Glenn $495
Ammon Anderson $500
Jesse Barr $500
Julia Barrett $500
Lisa Belsky $500
Caroline Bennett $500
Annie Burley $312
Judy Coggin $500
Denzill Cooper $500
Kaitlin Dilts $376
Matthew Dixon $500
Jennifer Dunlap $500
Antoine Fatout $500
Daric Gill $500
Lea Gray $495
John Hardin-Leeth $500
Kevin Hendricks $500
Pristina Jackson $389
Desmond Jones $500
Milan Karcic $497
Linda Kernohan $500
Emma Kindall $499
Jordan Kirk $500
Rose Klockner $500
Jules Knowlton $500
Zach Koors $468
Joseph Krygier $500
Alisha Loar $500
Kristen Malarkey $500
Celeste Malvar-Stewart $500
Kelli Martin $492
Colin Matsumoto $500
Jessica Minshall $500
Meleah Moore $500
Sheri Maria Morgan $500
Paula Perkins $497
Claudia Retter $500
Marc Ross $494
Miroslav Savic $500
Phillip Smedley II $500
Danielle Smith $500
Kevin Smith $500
Lance Thompson $497
Andrew Thompson $500
Lawrence Tuber $500
Nicholas Warndorf $500
Nick Weckman $400
Quatric Williams $500
David Willis $500
Nicole Winkelman $500
Donte Woods-Spikes $500


Professional Development grants:

Artist Name Award Amount
Brooke Albrecht $1,250
George Barrie $921
Jeffrey Bass $893
Aaron Bishara $773
Julie Yvette Brice $1,250
James Brittan $1,000
Danielle Calderon $1,250
Edwin Channels $900
Mah Leah Cochran $1,217
Lori Conner $1,250
Nick D’andrea $921
Griset Damas Roche $1,250
Kaitlin Dilts $910
Jennifer Dunlap $1,250
Kenneth Eaddy $1,250
Antoine Fatout $1,250
Kimberly Grunwell $1,250
John Hardin-Leeth $1,250
Jessie Horning $295
Rebe Huntman $1,250
Donald Isom $1,250
Pristina Jackson $890
Jesse Jackson III $1,250
Earth O. Jallow $1,250
Linda Kernohan $1,250
Charlette Keuchler $1,250
Emma Kindall $345
Ellen Knolls $1,250
Jules Knowlton $1,250
Ami Kounta $1,250
Catelyn Mailloux $1,250
Peter Morgan $1,250
Sheri Maria Morgan $1,250
Kimara Morgan $1,250
Najiyyah Muqtasid- Denham $1,250
Zachary Persico-Jones $1,250
Carlton B Pope $1,250
Rikki Santer $1,250
Vicki Saunders $1,250
Kevin Seals $1,250
NiaAdjowa Sheard $1,250
Danielle Smith $1,250
Jeremy Steckel $628
Erik Sternberger $1,250
Andrew Thompson $1,250
Lawrence Tuber $1,250
David Willis $1,250

Marketing Support grants

Artist Name Award Amount
Jesse Barr $850
Colette Harrell $1,250
Kevin Hendricks $693
Jordan Kirk $1,250
Chloe Napoletano $1,248
Phillip Smedley II $723
Janet M Smith $1,250


Band/Ensemble grants:

Primary Applicant Band/Ensemble Name Award Amount
George Barrie The George Barrie Band $450
Nick D’andrea Doc Robinson $495
Sean Gleeson Mungbean $500
Walter Kolhoff MojoFlo $500
Zachary Persico-Jones Zakk Jones Trio $500
Leon Robinson Inner City Blues Band $500

For more information about individual artist funding and programs including guidelines and upcoming deadlines, visit or contact Alison Barret, Grants & Services Director,

Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus.


CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492