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The Columbus Foundation Announces More Than $1.2 Million in Grants to Local Arts Organizations

Columbus, OH (June 27, 2016)—The Columbus Foundation’s Governing Committee announced grants totaling $1,265,119 to support central Ohio arts and cultural organizations. The grants, approved on May 20, will provide funding for 50 organizations. These nonprofits, both large and small, offer a wealth of arts and cultural opportunities throughout the community.

“Arts bring a city to life, and we are fortunate to have amazing large and small arts organizations offering incredible, diverse opportunities for culture in our city,” said Douglas F. Kridler, President and CEO of The Columbus Foundation. “Individually and collectively, they have a profound impact.”

Grants awarded:

Major Arts Organizations—15 organizations—$1,112,129

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, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

  • Ballet Metropolitan, Inc.—$77,038
  • CATCO-Phoenix, Inc.—$45,542
  • Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA)—$127,985
  • Columbus Children’s Theatre—$44,931
  • Columbus Museum of Art—$115,481
  • Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Inc.—$83,961
  • Community Arts Project, Inc. (MLK Center)—$44,310
  • COSI—$142,460
  • Friends of the Conservatory (Franklin Park)—$86,369
  • Jazz Arts Group of Columbus—$48,063
  • Ohio Designer Craftsmen—$44,236
  • Opera Columbus—$43,549
  • Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Inc.—$44,729
  • Thurber House—$40,915
  • Wexner Center for the Arts—$122,560

Community Arts Fund—33 organizations—$135,990

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.

  • Actors’ Theatre of Columbus—$5,195
  • Arts Nascent Territory dba Ohio Paper Folders—$2,830
  • Available Light Theatre Inc.—$5,410
  • Brass Band of Columbus—$2,334
  • Carpe Diem String Quartet—$5,303
  • Chamber Music Columbus—$4,576
  • Columbus and Central Ohio Children’s Chorus Foundation—$6,756
  • Columbus Dance Theatre—$10,858
  • Columbus Folk Music Society, Inc.—$2,215
  • Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus—$7,142
  • Friends of Art for Community Enrichment—$3,006
  • Friends of Early Music Inc.—$3,667
  • Glass Axis—$10,463
  • Jefferson Academy of Music—$3,563
  • MadLab—$3,185
  • New Albany Symphony—$4,826
  • Ohio Art League, Inc.—$3,067
  • OhioDance—$3,584
  • Ohio Poetry Association Inc.—$1,826
  • Opera Project Columbus Incorporated—$4,059
  • Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative—$2,455
  • Short North Stage Inc.—$6,518
  • Six String Concerts, Inc.—$2,945
  • Sunday at Central A Recital Series—$2,707
  • The Center for Ongoing Research & Projects—$2,500
  • The Fuse Factory Electronic and Digital Arts Lab Inc.—$2,325
  • Thiossane Institute Incorporated—$3,168
  • VSA Ohio—$4,939
  • Westerville Community Concert Band—$2,372
  • Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University—$4,528
  • Wild Goose Creative Incorporated—$2,858
  • Women in Music-Columbus dba The Women’s Music Club—$2,262
  • Worthington Chorus—$2,548

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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June 27, 2016