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Columbus Arts Funding and Support Grew in 2013

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The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) has officially been under the helm of new President Tom Katzenmeyer for just over a year, but the organization is already accomplishing the main thing he set out to do: increase funding for art and culture in Columbus. GCAC released their annual Report to the Community today, which revealed that the growth in community funding in 2013 was up nearly 25% over the year prior.

“The arts in our community fuel the economy by attracting tourists and convention business and helping to attract and retain a talented workforce,” explains Katzenmeyer. “This contribution to the Columbus economy is significant. Arts organizations contributed more than $79 million to the local economy through direct expenditures. In addition, these organizations’ programming provided more than 4.3 million arts experiences for Columbus residents and served 369,000 school children.”

Other arts funding accomplishments in 2013 included:

  • A $700,000 increase in funding from the city’s reformulation of the hotel bed tax.
  • Five new grant programs with four more planned to launch in 2014.
  • An attendance record of over 450,000 people at the 2013 Columbus Arts Festival, which raised $200,000 for arts programming.
  • The development of a new marketing and branding campaign for the arts sector that focuses on building awareness and engagement in 2014.

“Increased funding from the city has helped the Arts Council continue to lead the way for sustainable art and culture in Central Ohio,” adds Katzenmeyer in the report. “Through advocacy, funding, expertise and collaboration we strategically allocate public funds to the arts; help artists, educators and arts organizations to thrive; and find ways to connect the arts and artists to the community.”

To view the full report, CLICK HERE (PDF).

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Photo by Pam Reece.

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