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Flourishing Through Art
THROUGH THIS PROGRAM, WE SEEK TO
Inspire creativity and skill development, cultivate community, and stimulate personal growth.

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Flourishing Through Art

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In 2024, the Columbus Area Arts Council (CAAC) is embarking on an ambitious area of programming aimed at addressing the critical issue of mental health in our community. Through this programmatic theme, “Flourishing through Art,” we seek artists and creatives of all types and backgrounds to submit qualifications for an upcoming series of workshops and programs. Selected artists will attend the Flourishing Through Art event, where they will meet other artists who work in this realm and connect with organizations that seek to engage with artists. 

Throughout 2024 and 2025, CAAC will help facilitate meaningful connections between artists and organizations that work in mental health, wellness, recovery, and prevention. Artists will be paid for the creation, project management, and execution of these workshops or programs.

Please note these programs are not meant to serve a therapeutic purpose. Instead, they aim to inspire creativity and skill development, cultivate community, and stimulate personal growth. 

FOR ARTISTS WHO APPLIED:

Interviews are underway for
Flourishing Through Art!

 

PHASE 1:

  • 11/8 - Open call

  • 12/22 - Deadline for submissions

  • 1/31–2/19 - Artist selection and interview with CAAC*

  • March - Flourishing Through Art event

 

PHASE 2:

  • CAAC helps facilitate connections between Artists and Organizations.

  • The Artist and Organization agree on the project and develop details.

  • The Artist submits a project proposal (brief description, timeline, budget) to CAAC.

  • CAAC approves the project proposal or works with Artist to revise the proposal. For extenuating circumstances, CAAC reserves the right to reject a project proposal.

NOTE TO ARTISTS: *Artists who are selected will undergo a background check and interviews to assess their qualifications in artistic skill, project management, and ability to work in sensitive spaces.

ARTISTS

Types of Programs/Projects
 

This program will fund art projects** that meet the following requirements

  1. Led by an Artist (or group of artists) 

  2. A partnership with a not-for-profit Organization that aims to promote mental health, recovery, prevention, and wellness.

  3. Directly benefit to the Clients served by the Organization

  4. Directly engage the Clients in creating art

  5. An appropriate use of funds, as determined by the CAAC grants team

  6. Approximately $500–$2,000 total project budget

  7. The Artist is paid through the project

 

Examples of projects could include:

  • Painting workshop

  • Group music lessons

  • Creation of artwork for the organization’s service areas

  • Dance workshop series

  • Artist-led tour of public art

We would NOT fund

The Artist organizes and plays a concert that is a fundraiser for the Organization.

We would fund

The Artist teaches the Clients music lessons, culminating in a concert where Clients perform, and the Artist is the headline act. 

We would NOT fund

The Artist creats a documentary about the Organization's work that features Clients' recovery journeys.

We would fund

The Artist instructs how to capture and edit video, allowing the Client to express their recovery journey.

We would NOT fund

The Artist paints a mural in a common space in the Organization's office.

We would fund

The Artist engages Clients in selecting themes and imagery for the mural. Clients assist in painting.

** Types of art projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Visual Art – Painting, Drawing, Photography, Sculpture, Public Art​

  • Design – Graphic Design, Textiles, Furniture, Architecture​

  • Performance – Dance, Theatre, Music​

  • Literary Art – Poetry, Spoken Word​

  • Film – Independent, Documentary

ORGANIZATIONS

FOR ORGANIZATIONS

As a part of the "Flourishing Through Art" program, The Columbus Area Arts Council (CAAC) will facilitate meaningful connections between artists and organizations that work in mental health, wellness, recovery, and prevention.

 

Selected organizations will attend the Flourishing Through Art event to meet qualified artists who work in this realm. Artists will submit proposals for projects developed in partnership with organizations. CAAC will pay artists for the creation, project management, and execution of approved workshops or programs. Please note that these programs are not meant to serve a therapeutic purpose. Instead, they aim to inspire creativity and skill development, cultivate community, and stimulate personal growth. 

Space is limited in this program, and not all organizations that express interest will be able to participate. Please complete this form to be added to our list of organizations interested in participating in the "Flourishing Through Art" program in 2024.

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