Community organizations receive $7,325 from OAAE’s Franklin County Neighborhood Arts Program

COLUMBUS, Ohio – January 7, 2013 – The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education has awarded eight community organizations a total of $7,325 during the third round of the 2012 Franklin County Neighborhood Arts (FCNA) program.

The Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program supports neighborhood and community groups with public arts projects in all disciplines. Projects that actively provide access to the arts for people of all cultural backgrounds, economic status, sexual orientation, age and physical ability receive priority consideration.

Grants will go to projects such as an open mic storytelling celebration produced by Wild Goose Creative; script development for a theater production telling the stories of women who have been incarcerated by Lower Light Ministries; and a photography project documenting the lives of Somali women by the Somali Women and Children’s Alliance.

The Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program is financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the American Electric Power Foundation. Each year, FCNA awards three rounds of grants. In 2012 the program granted $23,977 to 28 organizations.

Following is a list of organizations and grant amounts for the third round of funding:

Asian American Community Services
Westside Community Youth Art Galleria
Grant award: $1,000

Djun’Kendafala Dance Company
Djun’Kendafala Children’s Drum & Dance Conference
Grant award: $1,000

Lower Light Ministries
Lower Lights Theater Project – Phase 2
Grant award: $725

Shiloh Family Institute
Grant award: $1,000

Somali Women and Children’s Alliance
Somali Women And Children’s Alliance Photography Exhibit
Grant award: $1,000

The Academy of Performing Arts
Jesus Christ Superstar
Grant award: $750

Westerville Concert Band
Music at Alum Creek Park
Grant award: $1,000

Wild Goose Creative
The Big Easy 2013
Grant award: $850

There will be three rounds of Franklin County Neighborhood Arts grants in 2013. OAAE will post the application deadlines on its website in January.

To receive an application, contact OAAE by calling 614-224-2809, or by e-mailing


About OAAE

Since our founding in 1974, by Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson, our mission has always been to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Working at the local, state, and federal levels through the efforts of a highly qualified and elected Board of Directors, our members, and a professional staff we have four primary areas of focus: building collaborations, professional development, advocacy, and capacity building. The OAAE is funded in part for its day-to-day operation by the Ohio Arts Council. This support makes it possible for the OAAE to operate its office in Columbus and to work statewide to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Support for arts education projects comes from the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, VSA Ohio, and OhioDance. The Community Arts Education programs of Central Ohio are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the financial support received from each of these outstanding agencies and organizations.
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