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Greater Columbus Arts Council Awards January: BOOST and Artists in the Community Grants

in Press Releases March 23, 2015 2 min read

Columbus, Ohio—The Greater Columbus Arts Council board of trustees approved 30 grants totaling $65,630. Five organizations received BOOST (Broadening Organization’s Overall Skills and Technology) grants, while 25 individual artists were awarded Artists in the Community Grants.


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
Jazz Arts Group / Needs Assessment Survey for Jazz-Based School Programs / $10,000
OhioDance / Software and Hardware upgrade, Consultancy and Excel Training / $8,495
ROY G BIV Gallery for Emerging Artists / Salary Assistance / $10,000
SRO Theatre Company / Board Training and Development / $10,000
Thurber House / Database Migration and Website Conversion / $10,000

TOTAL: $48,495


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.

Christopher Appel – Poet – $1,000
Virginia Cipolla – Actress – $1,000
Lea Gray – Visual Artist – $1,000
Charles Harris – Visual Artist: Painter – $900
Walter Herrmann – Visual Artist: Sculpture – $600
Joanna Manousis – Visual Artist: Glass – $1,000
Tyisha Nedd – Dancer – $1,000
Aaron Sheldon – Photographer – $1,000
Brooke Zamudio – Visual Artist: Painter – $1,000

James Allison – Musician – $500
Molly J. Burke – Visual Artist: Mixed Media – $500
Christopher Corbin – Musician – $500
Barbara Gibbon – Visual Artist – $475
Daric Gill – Visual Artist – $475
Andew A. Ina – Visual Artist – $475
Joanna Manousis – Installation Artist – $500
Celia C. Peters – Filmmaker – $500
Greg Ponchak – Visual Artist: Mixed Media – $500
Malaika Rasheed – Musician/Producer – $500
Aaron J. Sheldon – Photographer – $500
Erik S. Sternberger – Filmmaker – $500
Aaron Troyer – Visual Artist – $285
Megan Yankee – Dancer/Filmmaker – $425
Katherine Wexler – Visual Artist: Illustrator – $500

Christian Howes – Musician – $1,500

TOTAL: $17,135

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, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council thanks the City of Columbus 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