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Greater Columbus Arts Council Awards Second Cycle of Project Support and Big Ideas Grants

in Press Releases July 31, 2020 2 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council Board of Trustees today approved the following grants for 2020: 22 grants totaling $225,616 for Project Support: Cycle 2 and six Big Ideas grants totaling $19,500.

Project Support: Project Support grants provide funding for a broad range of arts and cultural projects, events and programs. The Arts Council awarded $225,616 in Project Support grants to the following organizations and projects.

This round of Project Support grants provides funds to a variety of diverse art experiences for our community, including film and television projects produced by local filmmakers Derek Talib and Gabrielle Burton, as well as three festivals going virtual in 2020: Columbus Black International Film Festival, South Asian Theatre Festival and 934 Festival. Several returning grantees have proposed full theater, dance or music seasons: Columbus Civic Theater, Hixon Dance and Six String Concerts. New grantees include All People Arts serving the South Side of Columbus and Ohio Prison Arts Connection, who will present multiple visual arts exhibitions.

Organization/Artist Project Title Grant Amount
934 Gallery 934 Gallery Monthly Programming and Festival $7,125
All People Arts All People Arts Community Programming $8,400
Art Possible Ohio Digi-abilities $9,800
Columbus Black International Film Festival Columbus Black International Film Festival $4,500
Columbus Civic Theater 2020-2021 Season $20,650
Columbus Songwriters Association CSA Showcase and Live Stream $7,400
David Harewood Voices In The Sky Theatre Project Presents An Inaugural Season $3,750
Derek Talib St. Gabriel Series $6,000
Education Foundation for Freedom 2020 Columbus Women & Girls’ Fest $6,375
Friends of Early Music, Inc. Early Music 41st Season $18,900
Gabrielle Burton “Not OK Boomer: An Arts Event to Combat Ageism and Stereotyped Depictions” $5,250
Hixon Dance Hixon Dance 13th Season $6,750
Kingdom Works KIA Supports Virtual Programming $4,200
Maroon Arts Group MPACC Suite 2020-2021 $24,948
National Veterans Memorial and Museum Operating Corporation Exploring Veteran Experiences through Limited Engagement Arts Exhibits $25,500
Ohio Prison Arts Connection Ohio Prison Arts Connection Exhibition Season $5,093
Opera Project Columbus Festival of Puccini $21,000
ROY G BIV Gallery for Emerging Artists, Inc. 2021 Roy G BIV Gallery Exhibitions $17,500
Six String Concert, Inc. 2020-2021 Season $5,600
Spotlight Columbus, Inc. South Asian Theatre Festival 2020 $6,375
Sunday at Central Sunday @ Central Season Support $4,500
The Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab Frequency Fridays 2020-2021 Season $6,000

TOTAL: $225,616

There is one remaining deadline for Project Support grants in 2020: Sept. 15.

Big Ideas: The new Big Ideas grants are intended to uplift artist ideas and projects that bring all art forms out into the community. The Arts Council approved six Big Ideas grants totaling $19,500.

Recipients include Katie Hofacker, whose Senior Art Boxes are delivered weekly to local senior living facilities; each box includes a curated art project for residents to complete. Jameel Paulin’s Congo Square is an audio-visual album created in virtual reality; Paulin plans to expand the work with more contributors and make it more accessible to the African American community.

Artist Project Name Grant Amount
James Brittan Pop Up Concert Series $3,000
Katie Hofacker Senior Art Boxes $3,500
Scot Kaplan Tempting Fete $3,500
Beryl Miller Solo/Duo Dancing Project $3,500
Jameel Paulin Congo Square: Afrofuturism as a Space of Confrontation $3,500
Heather Reese The Great Pause $2,500

TOTAL: $19,500 

There is one remaining deadline for the Big Ideas grants in 2020: Oct. 5.

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.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council receives major financial support from the City of Columbus, Franklin County Commissioners and the Ohio Arts Council.

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