From photography to music, painting, drawing, dance and movement, VSA Ohio works to promote the enrichment of art for all abilities across all artistic mediums.
Our work takes us into the classroom, galleries and public arena, where we share information and resources with educators, artists and administrators. We work to change perceptions about ability and disability by helping connect people to accessible, creative opportunities that inspire all of us.
The Greater Columbus Arts Council funds artists and arts organizations and provides marketing services that support artists and organizations through the ColumbusArts.com event calendar and Artist Directory.
We also produce the annual Community Arts Partnership Awards recognizing business and individual contributions to the community and theColumbus Arts Festival, the city’s welcome to summer event that takes place each June.
Artists-in-Schools is one of the community's longest running programs and has served hundreds of thousands of people of all ages over the last 30 years. The teaching artists on our roster offer a variety of educational programs, including performances, lectures, workshops, master classes, readings and multi-disciplinary experiences. The Artists-in-Schools experience is intended to complement, rather than replace, existing arts education programs by, enabling teachers to integrate the arts with other academic subjects while directly addressing state and district content standards, enabling teachers to use local arts resources and give participants firsthand contact with practicing arts professionals and allowing sites to provide participants with a broad range of arts experiences.
The Ohio Arts Council was created in 1965 to "foster and encourage the development of the arts and assist the preservation of Ohio's cultural heritage." This is accomplished by the Council in two primary methods; first, through the various grant funding programs that the Council operates to provide support to artists and to make arts activities available to a broad segment of Ohio's public; and secondly, by providing services that help to enhance the growth of the arts. There are a total of 7 different grant programs and a variety of service programs operated by the Council.
The Ohio Arts Council is committed to the economic, educational and cultural development of the state. The Council believes the arts should be shared by the people of Ohio. The arts arise from public, individual and organizational efforts. The OAC supports and encourages these efforts.