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in Press Releases August 18, 2009 1 min read

Columbus, Ohio – In these economic times, how can the arts successfully compete for public support and funding? Successful advocacy efforts at the federal, state and local levels help elected officials understand how a healthy arts community advances their policy goals.

Learn how arts advocacy can clearly demonstrate the economic, social and educational benefits of public investment at the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s 2009 Public Forum, which will take place from 4:30-6 p.m. on Thu., Oct. 8 in the auditorium of the Columbus Museum of Art’s, 480 E. Broad St. A panel of experts will discuss strategies and techniques to build public support for the arts before taking questions from the audience.

The annual Public Forum helps GCAC monitor the pulse of the arts community while providing the public with the opportunity to directly address the board of trustees on any arts issue of interest. After the panel discussion, forum attendees will have the chance to address the board and GCAC Interim President Milt Baughman.

To allow for adequate time on the agenda, anyone wishing to speak must register in advance. To register to speak, contact Jennifer Sadler at or 614-224-2606 x 811 by Mon., Oct. 5.

GCAC’s 2009 Public Forum is free to attend, but an RSVP is requested. To RSVP, e-mail Jennifer Sadler at or call 614-224-2606 x 811.

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 Franklin County Board of Commissioners and Ashland Inc. for their support of this program, and we thank the City of Columbus, Franklin County and Ohio Arts Council for their ongoing support.

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CONTACT: Emily Swartzlander
(614) 221-8492