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Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Public Forum to Discuss the Arts in our Community: Roles and Results. Forum Will Feature Idea Labs, Special Performances

in Press Releases January 6, 2014 1 min read

The Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Annual Public Forum will focus on the role of the arts in the community—through GCAC’s grant program and the concept of creative placemaking—and discuss the economic benefits the arts provide to the community. The Forum will take place at the Strongwater Food & Spirits event space, at 401 W. Town St., on Tuesday, February 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  Admission is free.

Topics will include The Economic Impact of the Arts, presented by Kenny McDonald, CEO of Columbus 2020; Exploring the Concept of Creative Placemaking and its Impact on Community; presented by Michael Bongiorno, principal with the Design Group; and funding for the arts with an emphasis on new grant programs benefiting artists and neighborhoods, presented by Ruby Harper, GCAC’s Grants and Services director.

Hosted by Greater Columbus Arts Council president Tom Katzenmeyer and Board chair Karen Bell, The forum will use a format of three Idea Labs, punctuated by performances by Robert Post and XClaim Dance, and will include Q&A.  Refreshments will be provided.

The forum is intended for artists, non-profits, creative businesses, funders and anyone interested in the role the arts play in making Columbus vibrant.

Strongwater’s event space address is 401 W. Town St.  Strongwater is located in the 400 West Rich arts complex located in East Franklinton, between Rich and Town streets, bordered on the west by Lucas.  Parking can be found on the surface lot off Lucas. Advance registration is encouraged.  To register please email Sue Jones at

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, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

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