Franklin County Neighborhood Arts Award Announcement

The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education has awarded eleven community organizations a total of $6,150 during the most recent round of the Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program. The Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program supports neighborhood and community groups with public arts projects in all disciplines.

The following is a list of organizations and grant amounts for the most recent round of funding:

Canal Winchester Art Guild – $500

Canal Winchester Mural Project Phase 2

CWAG, in partnership with the local business community, has produced a series of large scale reproductions of members’ artwork to display on downtown buildings. Phase 2 of this project will replace aging pieces, and promote additional artists.

Djun’Kendafala Dance Company – $500

Naari Reo’ Bolodon Benn

The Djun’Kendafala Drum & Dance Conference provides a forum through which diverse youth, communities and organizations link together in a collective effort to present, educate, preserve and represent folkloric dances of the African Diaspora.

Dublin Arts Council – $750

Eddie Adams: Vietnam

Exhibition of photographs by Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Eddie Adam, held during the 50th Vietnam War Commemoration Year.

Friends of the Ravines – $600

Franklin County Ravine Art Contest

Contest showcasing 2D artwork and poetry.

Green Lawn Abbey Preservation Association – $400

Summer on the Lawn

Offered to the public for a nominal fee and to area residents at no charge, the Summer on the Lawn movie series draws attendance from the immediate neighborhood and beyond.

New Albany Symphony Orchestra – $500

Remembering Marvin Hamlisch

“Remembering Marvin Hamlisch” will provide a platform to engage the local community in the arts, as well as provide high-level musical enrichment to all that attend. The performance will consist of two concerts; New Albany’s children’s choir is a collaborating partner; Marvin’s longtime friend and photographer will provide photographs that will be projected above the orchestra during the concert, and Marvin’s friend and music director Ernie Green has been providing input on the program and logistics for the concert.

OhioDance – $750

Multicultural Dance at the Ohio Statehouse

OhioDance presents a dance performance at one of the Ohio Statehouse Summer Lawn Series events. This annual performance opportunity supports 30-60 dance artists and makes their work accessible to the public.

Shepard Academy – $300

Shepard Academy Summer Program

Students in the six-week summer program will learn the art of storytelling during a four-day artist residency. The artist will use the story of Shepard’s history to teach storytelling, and the value of knowing your personal story.

The Raven’s Farmers Market – $600

Music At The Market

A local DJ/ music educator and local school music groups will provide performances at this weekly farmers market. These performances will be interactive, and a great way to introduce a variety of music genres to the community and encourage people to want to learn to play as well.

VSA Ohio – $750

ReelAbilities Film Festival: Columbus

Columbus is one of 14 cities hosting the ReelAbilities travelling program, a groundbreaking film festival promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities.

Westerville Symphony at Otterbein College – $500

Sounds of Summertime Sadness: Romeo & Juliet

As a part of the annual Community Concerts series, the Westerville Symphony will present a program of numerous versions of the tragic tale Romeo & Juliet, augmented by actors from Otterbein University’s Department of Theatre.


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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