There are lots of ways to get involved in the arts in Columbus. Attend events in the community (many of which are free), volunteer with the Columbus Arts Festival (link to Fest volunteer page), or contact specific cultural organizations you care about to see if they need volunteer support.
Another great way to get involved is to stay informed. GCAC is working with community leadership to create a sustainable funding solution for the arts in Columbus. But we need your help.
The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) has a plan based on shared responsibility. GCAC, along with arts leadership, has developed a 10-year plan to secure the vitality of our arts.
The basic tenets are simple.
- Develop strategies to increase ticket and merchandise sales, and earn related income.
- Broaden and strengthen corporate support through a more focused effort.
- Establish a Community Investment Fund at the Columbus Foundation to provide a vehicle for endowments and planned gifts.
- Work with elected leaders to identify and pursue new, additional public funding sources.
Arts Sustainability Study*
The Columbus Foundation study found that Columbus Arts Organizations were undercapitalized, with limited capacity to adapt and grow.
- 9th Columbus ranking compared to 14 benchmark cities
- 4% Total working capital of Columbus Arts Organizations is just 4% of Indianapolis’
- 10% Total working capital of Columbus Arts Organizations is just 10% of benchmark cities’ average
*2011 AMS Planning & Research Corp.
Here’s what you can do
- Thank public officials for their past support for the arts.
- Write letters and send e-mails to news outlets, elected leaders and others to let them know of your support for the arts, and their impact on your life.
- Advocate for the GCAC shared responsibility plan. Return on investment — by meeting funding goals