Image of the GCAC 2023 Report to the Community

The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) recently released their annual report, which shares details of the organization’s goals to support, sustain and advance; engage and embrace; collaborate and share; and advocate for art and artists in Central Ohio.


Here are some key takeaways from the 72-page report.

  • In 2023, GCAC awarded 1,337 grants to organizations and artists totaling $16,264,676. (In the last year, GCAC was funded by admission fees, a hotel-motel bed excise tax, funding from Franklin County, and board designation of unrestricted funds).
  • During a five year period (2019-2023), GCAC had a 150% overall increase in community funding, which is the amount of money the council provides in grants, project support, and Film Columbus.
  • GCAC grantees’ earned revenue jumped from $26.6 million (2021) to $63.4 million (2022).
  • The organizations supported by GCAC served 946,676 children; had a total of 4,324,188 in attendance; and employed 10,811 people in 2022.
  • Individual giving to GCAC is lower in Columbus compared to other peer cities (including Cincinnati and Cleveland) but Columbus organizations are generating strong earned revenue from programs, tickets and admissions.

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See the full report to view revenues, expenses, programs, future planning, grantees and more.

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