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

in Press Releases September 20, 2023 2 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The board of trustees of the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) approved a second round of 27 Project Support grants totaling $299,402. Project Support grants provide funding for a broad range of arts and cultural projects, events and programs.

“We’re finishing the year strong with another robust round of Project Support grantees,” said McKenzi Swinehart, grants and community engagement director. “From dance and theater performances to arts hops and cultural festivals, these projects are bringing superb arts experiences to Columbus audiences.”

This second round for 2023 includes seven first-time applicants and six individual artists who received funding for their projects. First-time applicants include the University District Organization for the Pearl Jam block party, Sarah Ramey for an intergenerational dance concert and Ademola Ogunyemi for the BRIGHTBLACK multi-media showcase of BIPOC artists. Returning applicants include cultural festivals like the Central Ohio Bengali Cultural Association’s Columbus Milieu, Leticia Vazquez-Smith for the 2023 Day of the Dead Columbus Festival and OhioDance for its annual festival. Project Support is also going toward performing arts seasons for Oyo Dance Company, Vaud-Villilties Productions, Sunday at Central, MadLab and Xclaim.

Applicant Name Project Title  Amount
A Tribe For Jazz 2023-2024 Performing Arts Series – A Focus on Gender Equity and Artist Diversity $6,000
Ademola Ogunyemi BRIGHTBLACK $5,000
Alexandra Anthony OTE Art Walk, Fall Series $14,000
Central Ohio Bengali Cultural Association Columbus Milieu (Festival of Columbus) $7,000
Columbus College of Art & Design Beeler Gallery: A Look at Ohio Artists $15,000
Columbus Folk Music Society Incorporated Americana/Folk Concert Series $5,000
Columbus Jewish Community Center JCC Jewish Cultural Arts Programming $22,500
Converging Arts Columbus Echoes of Tradition $7,500
Franklinton Arts District Franklinton Arts District Monthly Programming and Annual Arts Festival $18,000
Hixon Dance Hixon Dance 17th Season $19,900
Imagine Productions of Columbus, Inc. 2023-2024 Artistic Season $12,000
Julie Whitney-Scott 12th Columbus Black Theatre Festival $6,300
Katina Jennings The Prodigal Revisited: Jugha’s Journey $8,100
Leticia Vazquez-Smith Day of the Dead Columbus Festival 2023 $13,700
Lynette Grace A Crime of Forgiveness (stage play) $1,790
MadLab MadLab Season and Venue Support 2023-2024 $26,000
OhioDance 2024 OhioDance Festival $22,612
Oyo Dance Company Oyo Dance Company Season 2023-2024 $9,100
Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative Impressions of Columbus $5,200
Ricarrdo Valentine Black on Earth $6,700
Sarah Ramey Age to Age Intergenerational Dance Concert $8,000
Southeast, Inc. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery Exhibitions $9,800
Sunday at Central 2023/24 Concert Season $6,200
University District Organization, Inc. The Pearl Jam $6,000
Vaud-Villities Productions, Inc. Vaud-Villities 2023-2024 Show Season $20,000
We Amplify Voices The Artist Inside: Behind the Song $11,000
Xclaim 2023-2024 Season, “Uplift” $7,000

TOTAL: $299,402

This concludes the Project Support program for 2023. For the first round in March, 36 projects received $411,300. In total, $710,702 was awarded to 63 projects in Project Support this year. Of those 63 projects in 2023, 22 were first-time applicants and 12 were artist-led.

For more information on community funding, including guidelines and upcoming deadlines, go to or contact the Grants & Community Engagement team at or (614) 224-2606.

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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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
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