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June 17, 2015


Contact: Carol Harmon, The Columbus Foundation,, 614/251-4000

The Columbus Foundation Announces More Than $1.1 Million In Grants To Local Arts Organizations

Columbus, OH (June 17, 2015)—The Columbus Foundation’s Governing Committee announced grants totaling $1,142,058 to support central Ohio arts and cultural organizations. The grants, approved on May 28, will provide funding for 54 organizations. These nonprofits, both large and small, offer a wealth of arts and cultural opportunities throughout the community.

“Central Ohio is fortunate to have an incredible variety of thriving arts organizations,” said Douglas F. Kridler, president and CEO of The Columbus Foundation. “We proudly support these nonprofits, enabling them to continue their growth, and sustain valuable programs and services that positively impact our community.”

Two organizations are new to the list receiving grants from the Community Arts Fund.

A Portable Theatre (APT)—APT is a nonprofit theatrical touring company based in central Ohio that uses professional actors, directors, designers, and stage managers to present entertaining and thought-provoking productions in performing arts centers, school cafeterias, library meeting rooms, civic auditoriums, or many other non-theatrical gathering places.

The Center for Ongoing Research and Projects

The Center for Ongoing Research and Projects


The Center for Ongoing Research and Projects (COR&P)—COR&P is a nonprofit dedicated to the study of how research informs art practices. It uses a variety of evolving and experimental curatorial platforms to make visible the artifacts of this research, including exhibitions, public events, and supporting publications.

Grants awarded:

Major Arts Organizations—15 organizations—$990,058

The major arts category includes presenting and performing arts organizations with annual budgets of $350,000 or more. Grants recognize and encourage achievement in six areas: artistic quality, attendance, inclusion, financial stability, board leadership, and overall management. The following grants support the work of the major arts organizations from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

  • Ballet Metropolitan, Inc.—$65,121
  • CATCO—$40,325
  • Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA)—$116,665
  • Columbus Children’s Theatre—$38,638
  • Columbus Museum of Art—$92,385
  • Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Inc.—$83,509
  • Community Arts Project, Inc. (MLK Center)—$39,375
  • COSI—$131,108
  • Friends of the Conservatory (Franklin Park)—$84,434
  • Jazz Arts Group of Columbus—$43,299
  • Ohio Designer Craftsmen—$39,248
  • Opera Columbus—$37,515
  • Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Inc.—$39,957
  • Thurber House—$36,478
  • Wexner Center for the Arts—$102,001

Community Arts Fund—37 organizations—$135,000
Through the Community Arts Fund, a Field of Interest Fund, The Columbus Foundation supports small- and medium-sized arts organizations that offer education and performance opportunities for the community, but have limited access to private dollars.

  • A Portable Theater—$2,282
  • Actors’ Theatre of Columbus—$4,503
  • Arts Nascent Territory dba Ohio Paper Folders—$2,474
  • Available Light Theatre Inc.—$4,220
  • Brass Band of Columbus—$2,157
  • Carpe Diem String Quartet—$4,329
  • Chamber Music Columbus—$6,094
  • CityMusic, Inc.—$3,658
  • Columbus and Central Ohio Children’s Chorus Foundation—$5,914
  • Columbus Dance Theatre—$7,755
  • Columbus Folk Music Society, Inc.—$1,989
  • Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus—$6,324
  • Film Council of Greater Columbus, Inc.—$2,605
  • Friends of Art for Community Enrichment—$2,771
  • Friends of Early Music Inc.—$3,469
  • Glass Axis—$8,302
  • Jefferson Academy of Music—$3,348
  • Little Theatre Off Broadway—$2,982
  • MadLab—$2,951
  • New Albany Symphony—$5,096
  • OhioDance—$3,218
  • Ohio Poetry Association Inc.—$1,078
  • Opera Project Columbus Incorporated—$2,702
  • Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative—$2,420
  • Roy G. Biv Gallery—$2,933
  • Short North Stage Inc.—$9,213
  • Six String Concerts, Inc.—$2,651
  • Sunday at Central—$2,043
  • The Center for Ongoing Research & Projects—$2,273
  • The Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab Inc.—$2,126
  • Thiossane Institute Incorporated—$2,795
  • VSA Ohio—$4,762
  • Westerville Civic Symphony—$4,595
  • Westerville Community Concert Band—$2,095
  • Wild Goose Creative Incorporated—$2,645
  • Women in Music-Columbus dba The Women’s Music Club—$2,067
  • Worthington Chorus—$2,161

Additional arts grants went to:

  • Columbus Museum of Art—$10,000
  • Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts—$3,500
  • Peggy R. McConnell Worthington Center for the Arts, Inc.—$3,500


About The Columbus Foundation

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