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Greater Columbus Arts Council Awards First Round of Project Support Grants for 2023

in Press Releases March 28, 2023 3 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The board of trustees of the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) approved a first round of 36 Project Support grants totaling $411,300. Project Support grants provide funding for a broad range of arts and cultural projects, events and programs.

“We are overjoyed to see the multitude of local artists and organizations that are passionate about sharing art with their patrons and the central Ohio community,” said Kimberly Cole, grants and community engagement manager. “It is an honor to encourage these organizations and help facilitate the execution of events, exhibitions and performances that enrich our city’s culture and distinction.”

This first round for 2023 includes 14 first-time applicants and four individual artists who received funding for their projects. Community groups such as Columbus Rings, Clintonville Community Choir and Columbus Pride Bands plan to use Project Support funding to expand their community partnerships and diversify their reach, while the KBK Foundation’s Black Fine Art Fair and Bobby Couch’s Black Fashion Expo focus on furthering economic and social development for artists. Returning applicants include cultural festivals and productions such as Thiossane Institute, Columbus Asian Festival, Harmony Project and Cartoon Crossroads Columbus.

Organization Name Project Title Amount
Aethereal Jest Arts Council 2023 Fall Season $4,142
Albert Battle Second-Annual Motown Mother’s Day Concert $7,167
Alkebulan Ujamaa 26th Annual Juneteenth Ohio Festival $19,500
Art Possible Ohio ReelAbilities Film Festival Columbus FY24 $9,900
Asian Festival Corp. Columbus Asian Festival $25,500
Bobby Couch Black Fashion Expo $22,500
Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) 2023 $29,100
Central Ohio Branch of National League of American Pen Women, Inc. “To Create…Takes Courage”  Art Exhibitions $2,178
Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society Central Ohio Hot Jazz Music Series $3,800
Chamber Music Columbus Chamber Music Columbus $22,500
Clintonville Community Choir Clintonville Community Choir 2023 Season $6,718
Columbus African Festival Columbus African Festival $10,500
Columbus Dance Alliance Dancers/Dancing/Dances: moving and growing community within Columbus $3,000
Columbus GospelFest — Fun-Fest 39th Annual Columbus GospelFest and AllDisabilities Fest $13,500
Columbus Pride Bands Embrace Your Inner Child — Columbus Pride Band Spring 2023 Concert $4,959
Columbus Printed Arts Center Columbus Art Book Fair $6,673
Columbus Rings Columbus Rings Community Concert Series, 2023-24 $6,120
Education Foundation for Freedom 2023 Columbus Women&Girls’ Fest $19,346
eMBer Women’s Theatre, Inc. eMBer Women’s Theatre 2023 Theatrical Season $3,800
Evolve Productions, Inc. “Fluidity” and “Festival of Movement” $16,967
Harmony Project Productions Harmony Sessions $24,000
Joshua Clark Cycle Breakers $3,500
KBK Foundation Culture: Black Fine Art Fair $15,640
Kingdom Image Arts Live Performance Series $9,000
Making A Difference Soul of Columbus Food and Arts Festival $2,957
Mansee Singhi ‘Konnection & ‘Kulture – An evening of performing and visual arts $4,599
Music at St. Mary Concert Series Music at St. Mary Concert Series $15,000
National Audubon Society, Inc. Art at Audubon $9,000
Ohioana Library Association 2023 Ohioana Book Festival $25,500
Red Herring Productions New Herring Productions 2023 $9,500
Short North Alliance, Inc. 2023 Summer Exhibition Series $12,220
Short North Foundation Goodale Park Music Series $2,879
Somali Cultural Festival The Somali Heritage Festival 2023 & The Somali Museum Night $9,913
Summer Jam West, Inc. Summer Jam West – Tell Your Story $16,300
The Magpie Consort Sounds of Summer $3,200
Thiossane Institute 2023 Thiossane West African Dance Institute Annual Concert $10,222

TOTAL: $411,300

There is one remaining deadline for Project Support grants in 2023: Aug. 15. For more information about Project Support funding and programs, including guidelines and upcoming deadlines, visit or contact Kimberly Cole, Grants & Community Engagement Manager,

Artists interested in learning about GCAC’s programs are encouraged to sign-up for the GCAC Alerts newsletter mailing list. This newsletter is shared with artists twice a month and includes information on grant opportunities and art-specific career opportunities in Columbus, as well as support for artists outside of GCAC. To opt-in, please visit

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, the Ohio Arts Council and The Ohio State University.

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