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Greater Columbus Arts Council Awards Over $3.3 Million in Operating Support Grants

in Press Releases May 18, 2017 1 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees today approved 27 grants totaling $3,389,733 in Operating Support, funds which the Arts Council receives from the city of Columbus through the hotel/motel bed tax.

“We have once again awarded a record amount of funding to Columbus arts and cultural organizations,” said Tom Katzenmeyer, president and CEO of the Arts Council. “The world class talent, programming and productions represented by these organizations help drive tourism, economic development and neighborhood revitalization throughout Columbus. We are grateful to the city of Columbus, Mayor Andrew Ginther and Columbus City Council for the funds that enable us to provide this critical support.”

Under the grants guidelines, nonprofit arts organizations of any budget size that meet the eligibility criteria can qualify for unrestricted Operating Support funding. Applicants must demonstrate exemplary artistic achievement and significant impact on the city’s economy and tourism, as well as fiscal responsibility.

The Arts Council awarded $3,389,733 in Operating Support grants to the following 27 organizations:

Organization / Grant Amount:
Actors Theatre, $25,974
Ballet Metropolitan, Inc., $275,000
CAPA, $255,000
CATCO, $124,116
Chamber Music Columbus, $33,136
Columbus Children’s Theatre, $108,586
Columbus Dance Theatre, $75,815
Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, $47,319
Columbus Landmarks Foundation, $22,385
Columbus Museum of Art, $265,000
Columbus Symphony Orchestra, $260,000
Community Arts Project/King Arts Complex, $127,636
COSI, $270,000
Franklin Park Conservatory, $265,000
Friends of Early Music, $17,150
Glass Axis, $84,437
Jazz Arts Group, $161,082
Ohio Art League, $12,586
Ohio Designer Craftsmen, $101,964
Opera Columbus, $104,576
ProMusica, $151,775
ROY G BIV, $7,418
Shadowbox Live, $166,667
Short North Stage, $89,863
SRO Theatre Company, $4,187
Thurber house, $67,701
Wexner Center for the Arts, $265,000

TOTAL: $3,389,733

In 2016, Operating Support grants totaling just over $3.1 million were awarded to 27 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;

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.

CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492