PNC Arts Alive

Central Ohio

PNC Arts Alive programming demonstrates that there is an artistic outlet for everyone, regardless of age, economic background, skill level and taste. Pop-up performances, mobile arts vans and the use of unusual venues are among the many initiatives supported through PNC Arts Alive and we're excited to continue to help invigorate local arts organizations in Columbus and Central Ohio, while bringing new and exciting programs to our communities.

Did You Know?

In Central Ohio, PNC Arts Alive funding has supported a number of highly regarded and award-winning productions and exhibitions. Grantees have received awards for Arts Alive programming in recognition of leadership for artistic excellence, production value and other attributes from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and other leading arts advocacy and funding organizations.


Application Information

The application period is currently closed. For information on future funding opportunities, please return in January 2020.


For the tenth consecutive year, PNC has contributed $250,000 to arts groups large and small in the Columbus region. The grants cover a wide range of disciplines, audiences and participatory experiences.


Meet Our 2019 Grant Recipients

Carpe Diem String Quartet
An American Story, presented by PNC Arts Alive, is a new composition that incorporates music, film and storytelling, along with a free smartphone app. The basis for the work centers on immigration. Using the app, the storyline for the performance will incorporate real time decision points from the audience, using recorded choices to dictate the musical and visual course of events (similar to a “Choose Your Own Adventure” novel). The app will present the audience with binary choices during specific musical junctions. As the audience votes, the app evaluates the results and appropriately alters the storyline, film and music. Audience participation will ensure a perpetually unique performance and allows attendees to be a part of the artistic process. The audience is not restricted to those sitting in the concert hall; rather, the app, in combination with live streaming, will allow anyone, anywhere, an opportunity to participate.
Website: www.cdsq.org | Twitter: @CarpeDiemSQ

Central Ohio Symphony
Building Community, presented by PNC Arts Alive, is a multi-concert, multi-event project that aims to engage multiple populations and build a stronger community connections. A spring 2020 concert will feature video, actors and diverse composers, including George Walker, an African American and Pulitzer Prize winner. During the performance, actors will portray dramatic stories of European immigrants who entered the U.S. through Ellis Island. A companion concert, to be held at Delaware Hayes High School, will give student groups an opportunity to develop the artistic concepts and programming in conjunction with the concert theme as they highlight important community issues in the narration of the concert for fellow students.
Website: www.centralohiosymphony.org | Twitter: @centralohiosym


Columbus Museum of Art
Raggin' On: Aminah Brenda Lyn Robinson’s House and Journals, on view at CMA from July 2020 to January 2021, will invite visitors to examine the “missing pages” of history that Robinson’s work presents and marvel at her ingenious use of all types of manufactured and natural materials. Visitors will experience the ambiance of Robinson’s home through her art, furnishings, and personal collections of books, canes and the works she traded with other artists. The exhibition includes never-before-seen drawings, watercolors, button-beaded books and dolls, illustrated journals, sculpture and rag paintings. A full slate of public programs for Raggin' On will increase engagement and access to the arts among diverse audiences.
Website: www.columbusmuseum.org | Twitter: @columbusmuseum


Marion Palace Theatre
The Palace Academy on Tour is a summer outreach program that will create awareness and accessibility to the arts for students in the Marion, Ohio, region. Funding support of The Academy will reach an underserved demographic of school-aged children through theatre games, singing, dancing and acting that will make the arts more accessible by creating participation points in the neighborhoods where students live. The Academy is aligned with the community pride initiative, MarionMade!, designed to make the region a better place to live, work and play.
Website: www.marionpalace.org | Twitter: @marionpalace


Stuart’s Opera House
Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio, seeks to bridge socioeconomic gaps in the Southeastern Ohio region by bringing together diverse groups through the arts. “Other Voices” is a series of community gatherings centered on concerts, school day-workshops from national and international artists, and potluck dinners designed to allow for diverse participation where community identity can be freely and openly expressed. The program will host guest artists in residency; ensemble workshops in schools; school day performances in the historic Stuart’s theater; as well as free public performances. The project will provide opportunities to create profound and meaningful art experiences for all audiences, regardless of socioeconomic barriers.
Website: www.stuartsoperahouse.org | Twitter: @stuartsoh


TWISTED 3: a collaboration from CAPA, BalletMet, the Columbus Symphony and Opera Columbus
A true collaboration among the region’s largest performing arts organizations, Twisted 3 will offer audiences a spectacular performance experience that includes multiple art forms and disciplines, including ballet, opera and orchestral music, performed in the grandeur of the Ohio Theatre. The evening will feature performances of works by BalletMet, the CSO, and Opera Columbus, including Stravinsky's Pétrushka performed with puppetry and live filmmaking; an abridged version of Puccini's comic opera Gianni Schicchi; and a new ballet by BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang, set to the music of Knudåge Riisager and other modern composers. The combination will celebrate and promote Columbus’ growth and vibrancy as an artistic center, engaging thousands of new audiences with this exceptional and entertaining production, which will appeal to diverse tastes.
Websites: CAPA | BalletMet | Columbus Symphony | Opera Columbus
Twitter: @CAPAColumbus | @BalletMet | @C_S_O | @OperaColumbus


Contact Information:

General questions may be directed
by email to:

Shannon Morgan
Client & Community Relations Director

Media relations inquiries:
Craig Friedman
(614) 463-6647


Thanks to Our Community Partners
Columbus Association for the Performing Arts
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council


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