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in Press Releases June 10, 2011 1 min read

Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council is pleased to announce the promotion of Ruby Classen to Grants & Services director. Classen joined GCAC in 2006 and has served as the Grants & Services manager since February of 2010. Classen’s new role will focus on directing the efforts of the Grants & Services department. The main focus of the department encompasses grant-making processes, procedures and guidelines as well as enhancing services and support for individual artists through the Individual Artist Fellowship program. Classen will continue her work with OPPArt: Opportunities for Artists, GCAC’s professional development.

“I’m very pleased to announce that Ruby Classen is being promoted to Grants & Services director,” said Milt Baughman, GCAC President.  “This promotion recognizes the great job Ruby has done over the past 18 months. With Ruby’s leadership GCAC has revised our grant guidelines and made our grant making procedure more transparent and applicant friendly. Ruby constantly gets great feedback from our grant applicants for her support and advocacy efforts on behalf of artists and arts organizations in our community.”

A strong supporter of the central Ohio arts community, Classen’s career history includes teaching dance, serving as president of the Little Theater Off Broadway and volunteer coordinator for Emerald City Players. Classen serves as a representative and regional coordinator to the Ohio Community Theater Association. She also provides GCAC with national exposure as a representative of the Emerging Leaders Council of the Americans for the Arts.

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


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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492