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Greater Columbus Arts Council Awards First Quarter Project Support, Community Impact, January 2014 BOOST and Artists in the Community Grants

in Press Releases March 20, 2014 3 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees today approved 11 grants totaling $132,445 for the first round of Project Support grants in 2014. 317,800 audience members will be served through these projects and the projects will support approximately 800 artists. Additionally the Board approved one Community Impact grant totaling $8,700, four BOOST grants totaling $30,993 and 22 Artists in the Community grants totaling $16,090.

Cultural events give Columbus residents and visitors the chance to experience diverse backgrounds through events like the 8th Annual African Village Arts Festival on August 16 and Asian Festival on May 24 & 25. Lower Lights Theatre Project will present four different viewings in April of the play, Rachel’s House.

Project Support: Project Support grants provide funding for the numerous short-term cultural activities that give Columbus its vitality. The Arts Council awarded $132,445 in Project Support grants to the following organizations and projects:

Organization / Project / Grant Amount

Alkebulan / 24th Annual Juneteenth Ohio Festival / $17,875

Asian Festival Corp. / Celebrating the 20th Anniversary / $27,000

Columbus Civic Theater / 2014 Season / $22,325

Diverse Media Zone, Inc. / Woodland Park Documentary / $1,375

Global Gallery / Community Outreach Programs / $12,495

Jefferson Academy of Music / Signature Series 14 – 15 Season / $6,937

Lower Lights Theatre Project / Rachel’s House / $942

Neighborhood Design Center / Streetcar District Sculpture Series / $750

Ohioana Library Association / 2014 Book Festival / $19,975

Pizzuti Collection / Abstraction / $18,525

Urban Cultural Arts Foundation / 8th Annual African Village Arts Festival / $4,245

TOTAL: $132,445

There are three more deadlines for Project Support in 2014: April 15, July 15 and October 15.

Community Impact: Community Impact grants provide funding  to support long-term, sustainable projects or activity by arts and culture organizations and/or non-traditional arts and culture organizations that is intended to affect the economic development and growth in the targeted geographic areas. The Arts Council awarded $8,700 in Community Impact grants to the following organization and project:

Organization / Project / Grant Amount

Global Gallery / Women Crafting Change / $8,700

TOTAL: $8,700

There are three more deadlines for Community Impact in 2014: April 15, July 15 and October 15.

BOOST: BOOST (Broadening Organization’s Overall Skills and Technology) is a capacity-building program supporting the governance, leadership, technology and professional development needs of not-for-profit arts organizations. Applicants are encouraged to make a long-term commitment to continuous improvement and to develop skills that result in benefits not only to the organization, but to the larger arts community. Applications are accepted monthly and are funded on a first come, first served basis.

Applicant Name / Application Title / Grant Amount

Columbus Children’s Theatre / Facility Project Study / $10,000

Ohio Art League / Salary Assistance: Part time gallery assistant / $10,000

OhioDance / Equipment Purchase, Technology upgrades, Fundraising and Development / $9,993

Wild Goose Creative / Staff Professional Development: Arts Advocacy Day / $1,000

TOTAL: $30,993

ARTISTS IN THE COMMUNITY: Support for artists is provided through Professional Development Assistance, Supply Grants and Performing Artist Travel Grants.  These support programs give artists in the community the opportunity to enhance their skills and create work that helps drive the vibrancy of the arts in Columbus and Franklin County. Applications are accepted monthly and are funded on a first come, first served basis.

Professional Development Grant

Taryn Barton – $1,000

Virginia L. Cipolla – $1,000

Shahid Khan – $1,000

Nicholas Kelly – $975

Frank Kozarich – $745

Joanna Manousis – $1,000

Shawn McBride – $536

Megan C. Mosholder – $922

Melinda Rosenberg – $1,000

Mariana A. Smith – $1,000

Stephen R. Takacs – $1,000

Supply Grant

Anna Allred – $472

Samantha Bennett – $500

Joshua Botts – $450

Adam Brouillette – $475

Nanette Hodge – $475

Charla Mayhew – $500

Megan Mosholder – $470

Stephen R. Takacs – $500

Mathew Vandeneynden – $450

Matt Yoho – $450

Performing Artist Travel Grant

Joseph Dunson – $1,170

For more information about Arts Council funding and programs including guidelines and upcoming deadlines, contact Ruby Harper, Grants & Services Director at or by phone, 614.221.8406.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.  The Arts Council has been recognized as one of the”5 NonProfits to Watch” in 2014 by The Columbus Foundation.


CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492